Pamela Anderson Featured on PETA's New Anti-KFC Billboard

After its outrageous billboards against eating meat, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ new anti-KFC billboard featuring Pamela Anderson is a major let down,

Wow, “Boycott KFC.” I’m sure the nation’s omnivores will foreswear chicken completely with that message.

Apparently PETA’s creative juices only get flowing when they’re calling meat eaters child abusers or making videos showing women being assaulted.

It is interesting to note, though, that in a letter Anderson wrote to Yum! Brands chair David Novak last October, Anderson requested a meeting with Novak saying,

Please contact me through Dan Mathews of PETA at 757-622-7382, extension 1308, or via e-mail at [email protected]. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

So Anderson “care[s] so much about the pain and misery of these abused little animals” as she writes in her letter, but could care less about associating with a man who celebrated the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. I guess a celebrity only has time to care about so many things, and worrying about those who celebrate serial killers just isn’t on Anderson’s radar.

Sources:

Letter to Michael Novak (PDF). Pamela Anderson, October 27, 2003.

PETA Takes Child Abuse Billboard to Canada

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has recently been trying to place its “Feeding kids meat is child abuse” billboard in Canada.

A billboard company in Newfoundland this month refused to accept the billboard, but PETA’s Matt Rice told the London Free Press that it would try to place the billboard in other Canadian cities.

Source:

PETA’s burger billboard rejected. The London Free Press, August 22, 2004.

More Than Half of British "Vegetarians" Eat Meat or Fish

A survey by Great Britain’s TNS Family Food Panel found that 58 percent of self-described vegetarians in that country ate meat, poultry or fish during the two-week period of the study.

TNS asked 11,000 people to maintain food diets for two weeks. Four percent of those in the study described themselves as vegetarians, but 23 percent ate red meat during the study, 20 percent ate poultry, and 51 percent of the self-described vegetarians ate fish.

Dietitian Juliette Kellow told the Telegraph,

We have seen something of a turnaround in the public perception of meat. There is more confidence in its safety and quality, and also growing awareness of the nutritional benefits. Atkins and other high protein diets have had an effect and there have been a number of celebrities like Madonna and Drew Barrymore who have abandoned vegetarianism.

Sources:

The ‘vegetarians’ who eat red meat. Nic Fleming, The Telegraph (London), June 7, 2004.

Quarter of Vegetarians ‘Eat Meat’ . Ju-Lin Tan, Press Association News, June 7, 2004.

Quarter of Brits ‘vegetarians’ eat meat! NewKerala.Com, June 7, 2004.

Is Feeding Monkeys Soy Cruel Treatment?

Researchers Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center recently reported on the effects of long-term consumption of a diet rich in soy isoflavones on male monkeys, finding that such a diet had adverse effects on the monkeys.

Published in Hormones and Behavior, the study found that,

In the monkeys fed the higher amounts of isoflavones, frequencies of intense aggressive and submissive behavior were elevated. In addition, the proportion of time spent by these monkeys in physical contact with other monkeys was reduced by 68 percent, time spent in proximity to other monkeys was reduced 50 percent and time spent alone was increased 30 percent.

. . .

To the best of our knowledge, the present study may be the first to demonstrate that long-term consumption of isoflavones can alter patterns of agnostic and social behavior in primates. The present findings suggest that careful attention will be required to balance beneficial and potentially adverse effects.

Certainly animal rights activists are going to jump on this and I might as well get out in front of them — I can’t think of anything much crueler than forcing monkeys to eat a soy-heavy diet. Yuck. The next thing you know, they’ll be trying to force vegan food on cats and dogs.

Source:

In male monkeys, too much soy has adverse effects. Press Release, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, April 30, 2004.

Are Animals Unnatural?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lecturers Gary Yourofsky and Kate Timko visited Roanoake Rapids, North Carolina this week in order to offer dietary advice for residents there — including the suggestion that it’s wrong to eat animals because they are not natural.

Yourofsky told a group at a local community college that, “We are not meat-eating creatures. We’re all born vegans.” He then went on about the supposed health problems related to eating meat.

To which Timko offered some odd advice, according to the Roanoake Daily Herald,

Folks, eat what comes from the ground. It is natural.

Does she mean that only plants are natural? Or that humans eating meat is unnatural, despite the fact that hominids have been doing it for as long as 2.5 million years?

The only unnatural thing here seems to be the ridiculous hoops that animal rights activists jump through to convince people not to eat meat (which probably explains their lack of success).

Source:

HCC students encouraged to go vegan. Jennifer Heaslip, Daily Herald (Roanoake Rapids, North Carolina), April 28, 2004.

Vegetarian Indian Village

KeralaNext.Com had an interesting report on the village of Bhubaneswar where all 500 residents have been vegetarian for several generations. The villagers have an impeccable logic for avoiding eating meat. KeralaNext.Com quoted local school teacher, Dharanidhar Das, 58,

We do not know for how long we have been vegetarians. The practice has been handed down over generations.

It began a villager who ate meat turned blind. Since then, none of the villagers have dared to eat non-vegetarian.

According to KeralaNext.Com, the villagers don’t even allow meat or fish vendors to pass through the village and that their pets have also adopted vegetarian diets — when cats or dogs are offered meat, they refuse to eat it.

Source:

Superstition reigns supreme in vegetarian villages. KeralaNext.Com, January 16, 2004.