December 08, 2006

How About "People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans?"

On my drive down to Boston to see my daughter’s family, I was listening to the Howie Carr Show. His guest on the show this day was a representative from PETA—People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Being the season for devouring thousands of turkeys, this person was advocating for a wonderful—animal free—holiday meal. The interview was focused on the treatment of turkeys as they are being raised for slaughter. The PETA representative displayed tremendous patience with the listening audience of the show which tends to be a tad right of center.

Some of what the PETA official stated made good sense but most was outright balderdash and his arguments were punctuated with appeals to some kind of generic morality, the origins of which seemed to stem from his own conscience.

As I listened though, I was taken back to a brief encounter I had in Chicago with a group of PETA protestors picketing a downtown furrier. As we chatted, a horse drawn carriage passed by with tourists and the protestor used the opportunity to explain to me how that horse was being treated cruelly and had every right to be treated as a person. I wanted to laugh at this lunacy but I restrained myself and decided on another tact.

I asked, “What do you think of abortion?” The response was moronic. “Oh, I don’t get in to that stuff.” I said wait a minute, you’re concerned about the rights of a horse; what about a little baby? That horse has more protections than a human! He said again with brilliance, “Uh, well, I really don’t get into that stuff man.”

I chided him for his vacuous position and left before I lost it. That was about 20 years ago.

Last week an 18 year old woman went to a Miami abortion clinic to obtain an abortion and before the abortionist got to her, she delivered a baby girl. The baby was placed in a plastic bag and tossed on the roof of the clinic. Imagine if that were done to a kitten…

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act the gist of which if it pertained to animals, would be mandatory I am certain.

Where’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans when you need them?


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