Thursday, August 14, 2008

PETA has its head up its buns

Starving people, put that MacDonald's hamburger down! Tell me these PETA people don't have their collective heads up their buns.

I don't think that obesity is going to deter people who are poor and starving and trying to enter this country.

I mean, wouldn't obesity be kind of a draw? There's so much food here you're gonna get fat.

This is from the Houston Chronicle, but it's all over the net:

"While many view the contentious border fence as a government fiasco, an animal rights group sees a rare opportunity.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.

The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: "If the Border Patrol Doesn't Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan."

"We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables," said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA's vegan campaigns."

This falls under the heading of needing to watch the left as much as the right.

PETA is so focused on its own agenda (which, if it weren't so zealous might have a broader appeal to real, thinking people), that it can't see past its own self-serving interest.

I'm not a proponent of MacDonald's, obesity, corporate farming. I'm not that big a fan of PETA, either, though there is something kinda kinky about all those skinny models getting naked and painting themselves up like animals and then getting into cages. But that, frankly, is between me and my therapist.

It's just that, in this instance, PETA is targeting the wrong audience. This is so forced, so heavy-handed, that PETA's marketing director should be fileted, wrapped in plastic, and sold at the meat counter for stew meat. Oh, wait, that's kind of tasteless, isn't it? But still not as tasteless as PETA's idea.

The government has already nixed the idea. There's no advertising on federal property, and anyway, ads would impede the border patrol from seeing all these Mexicans seeing the light and turning around to their paradise of corn tortillas and beans and rice.

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