You remember People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, right? The group that Ingrid Newkirk insisted on national television doesn’t target children? Well, for some reason it sent three activists to Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in May to convince children that it is wrong to eat chicken
What the PETA activists did not realize is that the school had let out two hours earlier, it being the last day of the 2003-2004 school year for Capitol Middle School students. So what did the three activists from an organization that doesn’t target children do then? Of course, they pestered neighborhood children walking or riding by the school.
The Advocate newspaper reports the following exchange that PETA’s Matt Rice had with a child outside the school,
Rice asked Keshon Bell, also a sixth-grader at Capitol Middle, whether she eats chicken.
“I eat chicken,” she said.
“That’s too bad. They’re just like dogs and cats,” Rice responded.
“Like that dog over there,” Bell said, pointing out a dog, perhaps dead, which had been lying in the middle of Gus Young Avenue, the whole time.
Afterward, Bell said eating chickens is wrong, repeating what the activists were saying in her own way.
“I know you can’t kill dogs and cats,” she said.
For an organization that targets their message entirely at adults, as Newkirk said, PETA spends an awful lot of time targeting children.
Animal-rights group too late to take message to school. Charles Lussier, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), May 21, 2004.