Here in the lush digs of The Crusty Curmudgeon, all staff must be an animal lover, and people are encouraged to bring their dogs with them. There is doggie day-care, a dog park, and a dog agility course. So you would think we would support PETA. Sometimes, we do, and other times we want to pick PETA up by the collar and slap them silly, saying, “What were you thinking?” And now they’ve done it again.
In Jacksonville, Florida, PETA has erected billboards featuring a cartoon of a fat woman in a bikini on the beach with the slogan: “Save the Whales. Lose the blubber. Go vegetarian.” WTF? This bothers me on many levels, not the least of which is I love my beef, pork, and chicken cooked about every way you can imagine. Nor do I find eating meat as being “cruel” to animals. Personally, I believe that plants feel as much as animals, and scream their bloody pulp out when we yank them from their home turf. Except we can’t hear them due to some glitch in the “nature of things.”
This is not to say I approve of cruelty to animals. I don’t, and have been known to weep during episodes of “Animal Cops.” I guess what I’m thinking is PETA should teach and inspire rather than threaten and embarrass. If you don’t change peoples hearts, you will never stop cruelty to animals. Calling us fat doesn’t work for me.
And why specificaly target women? Are they more susceptible to body image and public ridicule? Are there no fat guys at the beach?
So come over here, PETA, and let me get a hold on your collar. For those of you who want to get into the slapping line, it starts behind me.