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« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2006 10:00:56 AM »

PETA's not my favorite group either. They have the right idea in mind, but I do disagree with a lot of the methods they use. However, I too use their address labels  Grin and I sometimes buy things from their store online. Their "GoVeg" sandals are really comfy!  Wink

A really great organization that looks out for animals is Farm Sanctuary. Vegan Outreach is another good one that I like.
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« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2006 12:12:00 PM »

Nope, I am not fond of PETA, either. While I am glad there are people that committed to helping animals, some of their methods are just beyond the pale. It's all fine and dandy to release a farm full of minks, but to release them into an environment they are completely unprepared for and going to die from is just plain dumb (some story I read a couple of years ago)...among a lot of other things.

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« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2006 07:55:00 PM »

i don't really enjoy PETA,
all though i like their freebies, like stickers and stuff.
some of it seems really difficult, and sounds like a cult, like
if you don't do what we say, its horrible horrible horrible!
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« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2006 09:38:56 PM »

I think i'm one of the few vegetarians who doesn't like PETA all that much. 

PETA didn't affect my decision to become vegetarian, and I don't like some of their practices. 

Am I alone on this?

Nope, even though the pamphlet was the final push for me, I reaaallly disagree with a lot of their tactics.

Along with being kind of cultish, they seem to be rather black-and-white, and there are a TONNE of grey shades in these issues, I think.

And then there's the Peta2 phenomena...  it's like they're trying to sway kids over to veg
  • anism because some bands they idolize say they should.  Gah. 
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« Reply #34 on: November 29, 2006 03:26:36 AM »

Wow,  Shocked thought read most of their stuff, but I must have missed a lot of what you guys are talking about. I think there are a lot of people who recoil at the name "PETA" because they usually only hear newsbytes or press on their militant factions, but am I missing something?  Huh
I was actually kind of pleased with their essays like www.goveg.com/effectiveAdvocacy_personal.asp. I do craft sales for animals & dont want to support a dogmatic group that ostracizes! I mean, I understand the shock value to get people thinking, & I love the ideals of cruelty-free living, but in reality you do the best you can, you know?
So help! Before I mail Christmas cards with *my* peta labels!
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« Reply #35 on: November 29, 2006 06:05:22 AM »

I think that they have been able to take a public stand against animal cruelty and I think that is wonderful and needed, but I think that if I wanted to really help animal rights through monetary domations, I would donate to my local animal shelter/pound/low income spay-neuter clinic. Plus its easier to see your impact there Wink
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« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2006 08:23:00 AM »

My biggest problem with PETA is that they get a lot of great ideas, but their follow-though is poor, or they don't stop to think about the people/animals and how they will be affected by their actions.


For example, dumping paint on people wearing a $2k fur coat -- That person spent a heck of a lot of money on something that they obviously felt was an important purchase, and then this organization goes ahead and ruins it because they don't agree with it.  I think there are a lot of ways that you can protest to someone wearing a fur coat without hurting the person.  For all they know, the person inherited the coat from their dead grandmother and it's an heirloom. 

also, the whole "set the animals free" thing when the animals don't know how to live in the environment they are setting them free in really annoys me.  I just wish they'd do more research before pulling stunts like that.
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« Reply #37 on: November 29, 2006 08:32:03 AM »

I've been vegetarian since August 1989. Over the last 17 years, my reasons for staying vegetarian (and at times, vegan) have changed wildly. but the fact is i don't want to eat meat, poultry or fish. i don't come from a vegetarian family, and when i was young and lived at home they tried to sneak the meat to me. but eventually we came to an understanding that neither of us would force their beliefs on the other.
i don't care who eats meat, as long as they understand everything involved, and make educated purchases (or better yet go get it themselves)  and this open attitude has made life more comfortable when dealing with people who come from different mentalities.
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« Reply #38 on: November 29, 2006 09:01:01 AM »

members of PETA made a human roadblock on my college campus to protest something or other. traffic is insane in the mornings, since it's a 40,000 person campus. most people who heard about it were just really annoyed, and how did they know they weren't blocking people who believed in their views?


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« Reply #39 on: November 29, 2006 12:53:54 PM »


i don't care who eats meat, as long as they understand everything involved, and make educated purchases (or better yet go get it themselves)  and this open attitude has made life more comfortable when dealing with people who come from different mentalities.

I don't care who eats meat either, as lon as they understand that I won't eat it. I even offer to cook meat for my friends, but most of them say "it's ok, i'll eat veg this week" if I'm visiting.
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