Are special interest groups such as PETA and ALF (Animal Liberation Front) using the right approach to call attention to issues of animal rights and industrialized meat and dairy production systems or does their militant approach ultimately work against them?
Discussing how to approach issues of animal rights with regard to food production has become particularly sticky issue in the past few years. Groups like PETA and ALF are especially prominent in the public sphere, warning consumers that their 1/2lb Whoppers and BBQ chicken wings are not delicious comestibles, but rather dietary abominations in violation of animal rights.
While these groups have worked incredibly hard to express their views to mass public audiences, the reactions that many people have to the general approach have been less than ideal.
I took it upon myself to randomly ask people on the street about their reactions to the “PETA approach” (and also ALF). Here are the highlights:
“PETA ultimately ends up shooting itself in the foot. Sure they are trying to protect the rights of innocent animals, but I can’t stand to hear any of them talk. Their approach is way too militant and it ultimately turns me off to the cause, regardless of whether or not I agree with the issues.” -Maria age 19
“Animal rights groups like PETA, and especially ALF become newsworthy for the crimes they commit: destruction of property, verbal assault, vandalism to name a few… and I guess it just really gives them too much negative attention. I myself am a vegetarian, but these people make me kind of ashamed honestly.. “-John age 30
“It’s a shame that all of these things are happening in slaughterhouses, but at the same time, most people just shut their ears and look the other way because these people are not the type of people you want to get in a conversation with.”- Jessica age 21
“They like talking AT people, not WITH people. I think it’s a fatal error on their part, especially if they are trying to promote awareness to an audience full of meat-eaters.”- Leslie age 55
Obviously this blog is about eating ethically and responsibly. Thus, technically I should be throwing more support to PETA and the ALF. But I was just curious as to everyone’s opinions about how these groups choose to present their issues?
Below is a news segment that was done about ALF and the way their protest approach:
Is it ok for the ALF to break into a building where animal research is conducted and burn it down?
Can vandalism of private property be justified in order to protect animal rights?
On being vegetarian, a cause that is obviously held high on the priority lists of PETA and ALF, Is it possible to eat meat ethically and responsibly?
These are some interesting questions folks… What do you think?
oh and just for fun..