The Crazy Suburban Mom: My effort to not be on a PETA billboard or...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My effort to not be on a PETA billboard or...

My Weekly Weight Watcher Weight Loss Update in a minute but first a word from our sponsor.


Before I say anything about this week's weight loss update I want to say something about the comments I made yesterday about Peta's new Go Vegetarian Campaign. (But if you want to skip to the weekly weight loss moment just scroll on down to the bottom...way, way, way down there.)

Here it is from yesterday so you don't have to go back.

By the way, have you seen Peta's new campaign?


This came off Peta's website. Their theory is that if you stop eating meat you will have a "killer beach bod". Their words.

And I wonder why I never owned a pair of shorts?

Let me be clear about my feelings, lest you think I am anti-vegetarian. I was a vegetarian for seven years and posted about it here. I didn't detail everything in that post but at some point during my pregnancy I started eating meat due to a vitamin deficiency. I know that doesn't always happen and there are ways to prevent it; I just wasn't careful enough.

As to losing the blubber by going vegetarian? Well. Do I really need to tell you how much weight a pregnant vegetarian, with nothing to do because she's on bed rest, can gain eating soy burgers and entire wheels of cheese?

And lest you think I'm anti-PETA, about nine or ten years ago I was on PETA's website and went to their kids section. It might have been PETA kids but I'm not sure, it was a long time ago. My son loves animals and always has so when I saw that they had information available for children, I sent for it in my son's name. The kid's info is MUCH lighter. It's not like PETA's regular mailings and my son liked what he got.

But what happened next was PETA dumped his name into their regular charity mailing list and he started getting their regular information which is ...Well, have you seen it? It's very sad and much harder hitting and much too much for a sensitive eight year old. Even PETA knows that and didn't intend for him to get it. Exactly.

That's what they said anyway when I called to say, How could you cull names from the children's area of the website? And than send out requests for money with nickles showing through the mailer? Of course, my son opened it! Do I have to tell you how upset he was by the pictures of suffering lab animals?

And it took many months of grabbing the mail first and many calls to try to get him off that list. There were many clerical-type excuses about how often the list is updated and how they couldn't possibly get it done before the list is updated.

Which I was beyond uninterested in.

The saddest thing about all of this is, I get what PETA is and my feelings about the ad campaign has more to do with my profound disappointment in them and what I feel is a breech in their own ethics.

For me, I think every animal I've shared my life with has been from a pound or sanctuary or rescued in some way. I know some of what they do has been shocking, sometimes overtly, sometimes not. They have strong feelings about what they do but even the shocking didn't poke fun. Whether or not you agreed with them they weren't poking fun, that is for damn sure.

On their website there is quote from the book, Animal Liberation:

"It is an implication of this principle of equality that our concern for others and our readiness to consider their interests ought not to depend on what they are like or on what abilities they may possess. Precisely what our concern or consideration requires us to do may vary according to the characteristics of those affected by what we do: concern for the well-being of children growing up in America would require that we teach them to read; concern for the well-being of pigs may require no more than that we leave them with other pigs in a place where there is adequate food and room to run freely. But the basic element—the taking into account of the interests of the being, whatever those interests may be—must, according to the principle of equality, be extended to all beings, black or white, masculine or feminine, human or nonhuman."

Well, except what, overweight people? And children?

No, see actually they know that because in the same reference they say:

"we must face the fact that humans come in different shapes and sizes;"

I'm going to end this by saying I expect this was a lapse in judgment and a profound lapse in sensitivity. I think PETA is heartfelt about what they do and hope they come to see this campaign as offensive.

If you want to link to this post, or copy parts of it I'm good with it. Maybe I can call it my Anti-anti-blubber-peta-meme? What do you think?

And on to my own anti-blubber meme:

In keeping with this week's theme, instead of doing my weight loss in total loss so far will be represented by a large bag of dog food. A very large bag.


I'm bringing a giant bag of this to the Somerset Regional
Animal Shelter
. Right now. For real.

I picked that brand because, even though I make Ginger's food she likes Pup-peroni... and I think they are made by the same company.

My loss is the shelter's gain.


Christa 8/19/09, 11:24 AM  

I am against cruelty to animals...but I don't think that eating them is cruel. I think that's why they are on this planet, and a proof...they eat each other. I understand that we can get protein and such from other sources, but if we all stopped eating animals we'd be taken over.
I think it's wrong that the Japanese hunt endangered whales in a SANCTUARY, I think it's wrong when people make animals fight for entertainment, I think it's wrong when animals live in horrible conditions. That's why I buy cage free eggs.
I think it's easy for people to get wrapped up in the sadness of animals being mistreated and assume that it happens to all animals, it's easy because animals don't have a voice, they can't express their emotion about it. But people seem to forget that it happens to children everyday who do express how they feel, and no one does anything about it. (Trust me I know, I lived in it for years, and no one cared, not even DSS)

L. 8/19/09, 12:32 PM  

I'm against how our animals raised for food are treated, which is why I try to eat only organic meat (there is no locally-raised meat here, and it's too bad since buying local is better in so many ways).

It sounds like what happened to your son was a very, very unfortunate bureaucratic error, compounded by a low-level clerical person who probably didn't give a shit about her job, probably not representative of PETA as a whole.

But the billboard? There's no excuse, they did it on purpose and used our donations to pay for it and it sucks, period.

L. 8/19/09, 12:34 PM  

p.s. Oops! Forgot to congratulate you on this week's weight loss. Yay!!!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 8/19/09, 12:46 PM  

Thanks ladies, and I've already brought my bag of Kibbles N' Bits to the shelter so some good has come out of my discomfort with the ad campaign. Perhaps I can do this again?

My weight loss in pounds for the pound sort of thing?


Venti Vixen 8/20/09, 1:41 PM  

That billboard was a bad call by someone at PETA. Congrats on the weight loss, I think it's awesome how you did the dog food thing!

Mary 8/21/09, 11:06 AM  

Congrats on the weight loss!

But I can't see how much it was. I guess my eye sight sucks.

That is such a cool idea to take the dog food to the shelter.

Misguided Mommy 8/23/09, 12:07 PM  

who gave peta permission to use my picture??? WHERE ARE MY ROYALTIES!

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