Seattle-based animal rights activist Nancy Pennington penned an op-ed to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer complaining how unfair it is that animal rights activists like her are called terrorists (though she doesn’t provide any specific example where she’s been called a terrorist) and generally defending her own activism.
According to Pennington,
I’ve never understood the hostility of some people toward animal activists. As for the “get a life” epithet hurled at us by people whose dedication to anything is questionable, everyone I know in the “animal movement” has a job (except those of us who are retired) and a willingness to make conditions for animals better the central part of our lives.
The hostility could come from activists such as Pennington who defended PETA’s comparison of animal slaughter to the Holocaust, but lied about that campaign. Pennington claimed that Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel supported PETA’s efforts when, in fact, Wiesel vigorously opposed PETA’s use of a picture of him as a young man imprisoned at Buchenwald, and publicly said that PETA’s comparison of animal slaughter to the Holocaust was “wrong.”
So, remember, if you run into Ms. Pennington, the correct epithet is liar or idiot, not terrorist. Instead of, “get a life,” the proper response is “get a clue.”
They’re animal advocates, not terrorists. Nancy Pennington, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 18, 2005.
Sometimes it is amazing to see just how clueless animal rights activists can be. Here’s another letter, this time from animal rights activist Nancy Pennington, in response to an op-ed run by the Spokesman-Review (Washington) criticizing PETA’s “Holocaust On Your Plate” campaign (emphasis added),
Doug Clark says he has interviewed “several survivors” (unnamed) of the Holocaust in his “PETA stoops to new low with exhibit” (Aug. 7) piece.
I wonder if he has interviewed Elie Wiesel, probably the most outspoken and eloquent survivor of the Holocaust or the Nobel Prize-winning writer Issac Bashevis Singer, whose concept was the impetus for PETA’s campaign.
Both of these humanitarians liken the treatment of animals raised for food to the Holocaust and support PETA’s efforts to educate people about the similarities of these horrors.
If Clark finds this campaign offensive, I find his trite and glib dismissal of many prominent Jews unconscionable.
Earth-to-Nancy: Wiesel has publicly stated that PETA’s comparison of the killing animals for food and the Holocaust is “wrong,” and Wiesel was angered that PETA used a photo that included him as a young prisoner at Buchenwald (where Wiesel’s father died).
Can anyone guess how much respect PETA granted this vegetarian Nobel Prize winner? (Hint, PETA spokespersons told at least one newspaper that the idea of apologizing to Wiesel for using his image had never come up).
Prominent Jews agree with PETA. Nancy Pennington, Letter-to-the-editor, Spokesman-Review (Washington), August 17, 2003.