From MyFoxChicago: Old sayings may seem harmless, but, according to PETA, they could actually be viewed as anti-animal language and normalize animal cruelty.
The animal-rights group is pushing for “animal-friendly idioms” and provided a list of suggestions people can use to avoid offending vegans, PETA said. The group tweeted the alternative sayings Tuesday morning.
For instance, rather than saying, “bring home the bacon,” PETA suggested saying, “bring home the bagels.” Instead of saying “kill two birds with one stone,” they suggested, “feed two birds with one scone.”
“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA said in its tweet. “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.”
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Maybe these “animal advocates” should focus more on reducing the number of animals they euthanize.
From Yahoo: After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free.
Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers in response to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA, which has been protesting the use of animals in circuses for more than 30 years, wrote a letter to Mondelez in the spring of 2016 calling for a redesign.
“Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats,” PETA said in its letter.
Mondelez agreed and started working on a redesign. In the meantime, the crackers’ namesake circus — Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey — folded for good. The 146-year-old circus, which had removed elephants from its shows in 2016 because of pressure from PETA and others, closed down in May 2017 due to slow ticket sales.
The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s Animals” lettering. But instead of showing the animals in cages — implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus — the new boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla wandering side-by-side in a grassland. The outline of acacia trees can be seen in the distance.
“When PETA reached out about Barnum’s, we saw this as another great opportunity to continue to keep this brand modern and contemporary,” said Jason Levine, Mondelez’s chief marketing officer for North America, in a statement.
Mondelez is based in Illinois, which passed a statewide ban on circuses with elephants that went into effect in January. More than 80 U.S. cities have fully or partially banned circuses with wild animals, according to Animal Defenders International.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says she’s celebrating the box redesign for the cultural change it represents.
“The new box for Barnum’s Animals crackers perfectly reflects that our society no longer tolerates the caging and chaining of wild animals for circus shows,” she said.
Nabisco has been making Barnum’s Animals crackers since 1902. It has redesigned its boxes before, but only for limited-time special editions. In 1995, it offered an endangered species collection that raised money for the World Wildlife Fund. In 1997, it offered a zoo collection that raised money for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. And in 2010, it worked with designer Lilly Pulitzer on a pastel-colored box that raised money for tiger conservation.
The company won’t say how many boxes it sells each year. Canadian boxes already had a different design and aren’t affected.
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Actress/comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is a vegan and animal rights activist.
In 2012, describing her vegan journey, DeGeneres said, “I’ve always called myself an animal lover. And yet I ate them…I would be driving past these cows on pastures, and think ‘What a lovely life that is,’ and I’d go and order a steak. It takes a click, just one light bulb, and you’re like ‘I can’t do that anymore.’”
Brianne Hogan reports for ecorazzi, Sept. 14, 2015, that DeGeneres recently launched a footwear line called “ED by Ellen” that is manufactured in Brazil by the Camuto Group, the same billion-dollar leather company that’s behind Nine West.
ED by Ellen will feature leather boots that will sell for $250 and up. The line will be available at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC as well as in other stores throughout the country and internationally in the spring.
Animal advocates are accusing DeGeneres of hypocrisy. The Global Conservation Group (GCG) released a letter yesterday, citing their disappointment. The letter states, in part, how animals in the leather industry are “treated much worse” than those in the farm industry. “It’s not uncommon for animals used for leather to be skinned alive while fully conscious,” it reads. The group has even posted a petition entitled: “Dear Ellen, cut out leather from your new shoe line.”
The leather boots in the ED by Ellen line are missing from DeGeneres’ website, but they appear on Bergdorf’s. The move appears to be a strategic one from DeGeneres’ camp so as to not alienate her vegan fans. But that tactic doesn’t seem to be working for some.
Sarah Winnick, an Ellen fan and animal advocate, told the Dodo, “It’s obviously all about the money for her. She doesn’t give a damn about the animals. And, she is demeaning workers here in America by sending jobs overseas. She could have easily manufactured a vegan shoe line right here in Los Angeles.”
DeGeneres has also removed from her Facebook page a photo of her and wife, Portia DeRossi, posing with fur-lovers Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at her shoe line’s NYC launch party. DeGeneres is launching a menswear line with leather-lover Kanye West.
A comedy writer who worked with DeGeneres told the Dodo that DeGeneres “must have been getting blow-back from her friends with taste over her association with a fur-hag and her egotist husband. She’s too star-struck to give up that picture without a really good reason.”
PETA, which named DeGeneres one of its people of the year in 2010, said on Twitter that it has yet to make a statement regarding the matter. ~Éowyn
PETA Thanksgiving billboard asks kids: Would you eat your dog?
Fox News: A billboard that will be placed outside Nevada public schools is sure to make for interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation, that is, if kids let the turkey make it to the table.
PETA plans to place a billboard that reads, “KIDS: If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why eat a turkey? Go vegan,” with a picture of a dog head on a turkey body, near Reno public schools.
Similar ads will be run outside public schools in California, and were placed in Canada in September.
“Kids love animals, and if they thought about how turkeys feel pain and fear just as dogs and cats do, they want to switch out those drumsticks for Tofurky,” Marta Homlberg, associate director of Youth Outreach Campaigns for peta2 said in a press release.
“This Thanksgiving, families can give turkeys something to be thankful for by choosing delicious vegan meals.”
But not everyone is as excited about this billboard as PETA. The billboard ran in Canada during the country’s Thanksgiving season and was met with resistance from turkey producers. “It’s not classy, and not tasteful,” Bill Uruski, chairman of the Turkey Producers in Canada told The Winnipeg Sun.
PETA is also offering free tombstones for kids to stick into the Thanksgiving turkey. The tombstone reads, “Here Lies the Corpse of a Tortured Bird.” Children can visit the website and request a tombstone in the mail for free as long as they tell PETA why they don’t eat turkey. There is also the option to download the tombstone and tape to a toothpick.
“Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and kindness, and we should not celebrate this by eating the decomposing corpse of a tortured bird,” Lauren Stroyeck, a PETA spokeswoman told The Winnipeg Sun.
Have you ever tried Tofurky? I have (one of my nieces is vegan) and it’s the most disgusting, vile, and ugly piece of garbage I’ve ever eaten. This is what I’ll be having for dinner on Thanksgiving, the real deal!
Maybe if they really want to convince the kids, they can show them a picture of a person who actually ate dog meat.
MSNBC: An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria. PETA’s Dec. 15 request to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) contends the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 head of cattle killed as a result of negligent driving in Illinois in 2011.
The request likely will be denied, IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman said. The state’s Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request memorials, he said.
PETA campaign coordinator Tracy Patton, of Arlington Heights, who wrote the letter seeking the markers, wants the department to disregard that requirement. “Because there are no surviving family members for animals in the meat trade, we ask that you waive this requirement of the program and allow concerned Illinois citizens like me to apply in lieu of a relative,” she wrote.
In Illinois, relatives of people killed in crashes caused by reckless driving can pay $200 for an official roadside marker if . Fines pay for signs put up in honor of victims of drunken drivers, and numerous roadside markers have been approved since passage of the 2007 act, also called Tina’s Law. The legislation honors Tina Ball, a construction worker killed in a work zone on Interstate 57 by a drunken driver in 2003.
Gravely injured by a drunken driver when she was 15, Marti Belluschi of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists worked for years to pass Tina’s Law. She said she’s an animal lover, but she wishes PETA would pursue other means of raising awareness for their issues. “These signs are appropriate for fatal crashes where a human being has lost his or her life,” said Belluschi, who still carries facial scars and suffers double vision from the crash in her youth.
“Cows are intelligent, sensitive animals who feel pain the same way we do,” Byrne said. Livestock transported for slaughter endure extreme weather, hunger and thirst, she said. If they are hurt in an accident, their suffering can be prolonged.
Highway crashes involving livestock can be horrific. Cattle plummeted from an overpass in May when a truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Hazel Crest. The roadside markers envisioned by PETA would memorialize 16 animals killed in that accident and six killed in October on Interstate 74 about 40 miles northwest of Peoria. No humans died in the wrecks.
I bet PETA would like memorial signs in front of all McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic and Wendy’s restaurants as well.
Growing up, my dad taught me to shoot and fish. I even learned how to kill the fish (bashing its head on a log). Always made dad clean the fish though as that was just too yucky for me 🙂 We’d then fry them up on the skillet and enjoy our dinner! PETA insists that doing that is wrong and cruel.
PETA’s target in Seattle: The rod and reel set
From the Seattle PI: Lock up your kid’s Scooby Do fishing rod. You could be raising a child who tortures gentile creatures of sea and brook. So says PETA, which was on the Seattle waterfront on Tuesday morning to protest fishing and catching fish with hooks.
The animal-welfare group held signs with the slogan: “Don’t Let Kids Become Hookers.” PETA picked Seattle because it says it’s a top urban fishing spot. And National Fish Amnesty Day — and you have yet to pick out a gift for your goldfish — is Saturday.
“Parents should get their kids hooked on compassion, not on maiming and killing fish,” Hayden Hamilton, a PETA campaigner, said in a statement. “Causing these gentle animals of the sea to suffocate to death or die slowly from infections caused by hooks is animal abuse, plain and simple.” (A quick bash of the head would solve that.)
Just how much pain fish feel, has been debated. A report in Scientific American two years ago note: “New research, however, suggests that they (fish) may, revealing that their nervous system may be more complex than we thought—and our own awareness of pain may be much more evolutionarily ancient than suspected,” it said.
That research prompted a reply from Michael Agger, an editor at Slate and a fisherman. He noted that other research has come to different conclusions. “Whenever one of these studies about fish pain appears, animal lovers start glaring at me and my fellow fishermen. If fish can experience pain, then angling must be a cruel sport, right up there with deer hunting, bear baiting, and eating hot dogs. Why can’t we just leave fish alone and do something else?” he wrote.
And that is PETA’s point. No hooks, no nets. And you can’t even fire up the barbecue should a chinook jump in your boat and expire. “Billions of fish die every year in nets and on hooks. Some are destined for human consumption, many are tortured just for “sport,” and others are unintended victims who are maimed or killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” it says in its website.
PETA isn’t completely alone. Germany and Switzerland, for instance, have banned catch and release fishing, apparently on animal-cruelty grounds.
PETA, however, doesn’t want you fish or eat fish. After all, PETA has taken to calling fish “sea kittens” on the portion of it website for kids. “People seem to be down on fish lately. That’s why we’re renaming them ‘sea kittens’ so that people will realize that fish are just as intelligent (not to mention adorable) as dogs and cats and that they feel pain, just as all animals do.”
PETA has an uphill battle in Washington, where nearly 770,000 fishing licenses were sold last year.
How about this PETA? Why don’t you just let parents raise their children the way THEY see fit, teaching their children what THEY believe is best for them. After all, we know you aren’t really all about protecting animals anyway. Hypocrites.