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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, August 4, 2009
Sorry for the sparse posting lately, fellow PETA disparagers! Life has been crazy, and I am also in the midst of a fairly serious Personal Crisis and am attempting to Find Myself.

Wait! There I am! Under the desk, behind the dust bunnies and next to the ancient Egypt books!

Since I have been found for the moment, let's take a look at this interesting invitation for a debate between a philosophy professor and our BFF of ALL TIME, the one and only Ingrid Newkirk.

Some highlights:

While your followers who have managed to donate some 30 million dollars annually believe PETA's campaigns bring us one step closer to real justice for animals, there is still a significant percentage of animal advocates who disagree with this conclusion as well as PETA's tactics and fundamental philosophy.

Some PETA supporters have taken to avoiding any debate for the fear of what they call "infighting." Animal advocates are reluctant to give any energy into responding to disagreement in fear of disrupting the supposed unity of a movement for animals. However, I will remind you that debate and criticism is a lucrative means of exploring the truth. Debate is and has been a sound practice in academia and has been used effectively to learn more about a particular cause, theory, or discipline.


The purpose of this letter is to humbly request your participation in debating Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law under my moderation. The invitation has already been accepted by Professor Francione, so the ball is now in your court.

While Francione recognizes the sincerity of your beliefs, the fundamental differences between yours and Francione's approach make for a disagreement of tremendous importance to how rights may be established for animals. Professor Francione's disagreements with PETA's approach and fundamental philosophy are evident in his Six Principles of the Animal Rights Position where he argues:

3. Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.

This appears to stand in disagreement that a campaign that is sexist in nature cannot be considered an animal rights campaign. Francione has also vocalized disagreement with PETA's campaign tactics in the form of billboards and public demonstrations.

Of course, because this is a debate about animal rights involving PETA, the comments degenerate fairly quickly into total weirdness, and I also have to voice my own personal distrust of the Examiner, whose contributors tend to fly fast and loose with facts. Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral also notes in comments that she once asked Gary Francione to debate her directly, and the debate never happened, so make of this what you will.

It's a shame they used the wrong picture of her, though. Clearly, this is the only picture of Ingrid Newkirk that truly does her justice, and it can only be found here at Vegans Against PETA:

Anyhow. Back to the dust bunnies now! If you need to find me, I will be chilling with my homegirl Hatshepsut. She was quite the gender outlaw, you know!
posted by The Venerable Vegan Empress @ 3:02 PM  

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