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This is a blog for animal rights activists who are concerned about the misogynist, racist, homophobic and transphobic tactics used by PETA.   
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Now what?
Well, damn. I did not expect to be starting a blog today, but lately I've been consumed with thoughts of how much I hate PETA, and since "Vegans Against PETA" is one of the most-searched terms on Google, I decided I'd better start this blog before the hate group that is PETA tries to make one of their interns register it or something.

Anyhow, why do I hate PETA, especially given the fact that I myself am vegan? Well, I really hope you're not too attached to PETA, because I really don't have anything nice to say about them. In fact, I'll probably call you names and make you cry if you try to defend them, so maybe you should just head over to instead of wasting your time here.*

But for those of you who are genuinely curious as to why I and many many other vegans hate PETA, or if you're feeling masochistic and just want a recap, here's just the briefest list before I retire to my richly canopied brocade and damask bed (I am an empress, you know):

PETA hates women. A whole lot. Okay, that's not entirely true. They really like dead and/or abused women. It could be their new motto! "The only good woman is a sexy dead one." Hey, dead women don't eat meat, right, PETA?

Although PETA is perfectly willing to exploit women's bodies to get attention, they also think we should be ashamed of our natural bodies. Funny that.

PETA hates transpeople. When viewing this ad, please keep in mind that transfolk are 17 times more likely than cisgender people to be murdered, and are the most likely to be murdered of any minority group. Every year in November a day of remembrance is held throughout the United States where the names of all transgender murder victims from the past year are read, and candles are lit for them; oftentimes the programs for these events are out of date by the time the vigil happens because another murder has happened in the few days between printing and the Day of Remembrance. Given these facts, the blood on the transwoman in this ad cannot be construed as anything other than a mockery of the rampant murder of transgender people.

PETA hates black people.

PETA hates Jewish people.

PETA thinks lesbian relationships are a big ole' fucking joke and that lesbians should only exist for the pleasure of straight men. (In one of the videos of this bile -- I don't know if it's in this one, I'm not watching it again -- one of the women in the video giggles at the end, "But we're straight!")

PETA comes into towns where other animal rights groups have done hard work to make changes, then takes the credit for those changes. In some cases they prevent those changes from happening at all. (Although other posters at this forum discuss it, I'm thinking especially of Mary's post at June 19, 2005, 10:22 am.)

PETA has their very own craptastic "rescue" program, in which 97 percent of animals they take in wind up being euthanized. By contrast, humane societies in Virginia (PETA's home state) typically euthanize 35 percent of the animals they take in. Read this if you want to learn a little more about how sick they are on this front.

For all their hoopla about the evils of fur, they're not nearly as militant about leather. Oh sure, they have their totally objectified leather police (not linking) and have a few leather campaigns, but I have yet to see them douse a member of a biker gang with flour for wearing leather. (And how cool does Samantha Ronson sound in this article, seriously? PETA could take some tips from her on Being a Responsible and Rational Adult.) I'm thinking this isn't so much an oversight as yet another manifestation of PETA's rampant misogyny, because as the saying goes, "People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs."

They use pit bulls to get donations and sympathy, yet support totally exterminating the entire breed -- supposedly because they're too likely to be abused. I wonder if they think women should be exterminated, too? Except oh wait, then they'd have a lot fewer people to exploit in their ads....

Anyhow, that brocade and damask bed. It's calling me now. I leave you with a poem that, according to legend, was created by some brilliant minds at Vegan Freak. At some point in the future I shall pontificate upon the rules and philosophy of this blog and how to ensure that it doesn't have the unintended effect of giving PETA free publicity and furthering the hate they spew. But for now:

Hush lil' baby don't say a word
Ingrid Newkirk is a big ole turd.
And if she cooks you food to eat.
It will be stuffed with "happy meat."

*Ha ha, that site doesn't really exist, you dumbshit PETA interns!

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.”
--Harriet Woods.

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posted by The Venerable Vegan Empress @ 6:45 PM  
  • At March 8, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Blogger The Venerable Vegan Empress said…

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  • At March 11, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Blogger kitchenmage said…

    Well you get down with your bad self, new blogger!

    "The only good woman is a sexy dead one."

    Always nice to see a new attitude on the block.

  • At March 12, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi, I couldn't find an email address so I'm just posting this as a comment. I'm a vegan feminist/feminist-ally and I was wondering if you were interested in contributions to this blog from such folks. If so you might be interested in a post I've just put up here:

  • At March 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Blogger The Venerable Vegan Empress said…

    Hooray! Welcome, new commenters! And although I've already answered Alderson's question via e-mail, I thought I'd let the rest of y'all know that I greatly welcome guest and co-bloggers (Alderson will be the first one!). I have a full-time job and will likely never be able to devote as much time to this blog as I'd like, so all help is welcome. Just drop me a comment if you want to post. I approve every comment before publishing, so if you leave your e-mail and don't want it published just let me know in the comment. I'll record your email and delete the comment. Simple as that! :)

  • At March 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Blogger Renee said…

    This is a great post. I have huge issues with PETA. I think that they privilege animals over all marginalized bodies. You will not that their campaigns seldom to never exploit white males and instead focus on women, POC, and the GLBT community. It is the idea that it is okay to oppress a group of people to fight a social wrong that I find so abhorrent.

  • At August 28, 2009 at 3:59 AM, Blogger kitchenmage said…

    Nice! I'm honored to be included in such a marvelous rant.


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