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sábado, janeiro 03, 2004

Selected highlights from Rotten.com's entry on PETA...

Mar 1999 PETA launches their "Jesus was a Vegetarian" campaign, in which they claim that Jesus was a member of the Essenes, who followed a vegetarian diet and rejected animal sacrifices. Scripture doesn't agree with this, Jesus having eaten Fish and other meats on several occasions.

13 Mar 2000 PETA launches their "Got Beer?" campaign in which they encourage college students to drink beer instead of milk. Citing Beer's lack of fat, cholesterol and hormones, PETA claims that a glass of beer is more healthy than a glass of milk. The campaign is timed to coincide with St. Patrick's Day celebrations being held later in the week, and PETA claims they will have ads in campus newspapers with their new slogan. Among the other items associated with the promotion are bottle openers with the slogan "Drink Responsibly. Don't Drink Milk." A firestorm of controversy immediately erupts, including a condemnation from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) who call the campaign irresponsible.

17 Mar 2000 PETA declares an quick end to their "Got Beer?" campaign citing complains from MADD and other groups. They promise to send MADD a $500 donation and a link from their milksucks.com website.

Apr 2001 Rebuffed by Timothy McVeigh's warden, PETA writes a letter directly to the Oklahoma City Bomber, asking him to switch away from meat, and in fact asking him to not just go vegetarian, but go vegan. McVeigh writes a return letter, making several salient points and statements: "Truth is, I understand your cause - I've seen slaughter houses myself - but I still believe in reasonable taking and eating of game (as an outdoorsman and hunter)... I cannot sustain a prolonged intellectual debate on the subject as my time is short, but I'd suggest hitting Ted Kaczynski up for his opinions on the subject." Also: "Where do you draw the line and what standard is used to define that line? Those that are in it for the health benefits accept poultry and fish as edible. Where do those opposed to suffering stand? (Ever see a fish struggling out of water?) What about grubs/worms/etc.? And finally, plants are alive too," he continued. "They react to stimuli (including pain); have circulation systems, etc. So how about them?"

11 Jun 2001 Timothy McVeigh chooses as his last meal two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. (Not Vegan since it contained dairy, but Vegetarian, technically.) In an interview with the Financial Times that appears two days later, PETA Coordinator Bruce Friedrich says "Mr. McVeigh's decision to go vegetarian groups him with some of the world's greatest visionaries, including Albert Schweitzer, Mohandas Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Albert Einstein, all of whom advocated vegetarianism as an extension of humanitarianism." (This is an exact duplicate of a statement in a letter sent to McVeigh's warden asking his remaining meals be made Vegetarian.)