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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, November 24, 2009
PETA, just another welfare org....
So I thought this was some PR smear against PETA, until I found it at their own blog:

In a perfect world, lobsters and crabs would be able to do their deep sea thing without being preyed upon by humans hell-bent on turning sea life into seafood. Unfortunately, we live in a woefully imperfect world in which crustaceans are routinely boiled alive or cut open while they are still conscious. That's why we're hoping that the Crustastun will catch on.

A less cruel method of slaughter, the Crustastun uses a low-voltage current to instantly render crustaceans unconscious and to kill them within five to 10 seconds. I don't think that I need to tell you what a huge improvement this is over the three minutes of pure agony that lobsters suffer though when they are cooked alive!


Knowing that this method will spare our crustacean comrades untold agony, we recently reached out to Tucson's Child & Family Resources concerning its upcoming annual lobster dinner fundraiser. Last year, another organization reached out to the event's organizers and tried to get them to dump the lobsters from their menu. The organizers refused, but this year we convinced them to allow to us to provide them with a Crustastun to use. The inventors of the Crustastun will be on hand to train the staff in how to use the device, which is easy to operate and guarantees the lobster a quick and painless death. And while we don't condone this event and we hope that the organization's future fundraisers will not include harming animals, we're glad that we can at least help reduce the suffering of these lobsters.

Okay, this alone would be bad enough, but what actually happened at the event was that the CrustaStuns never arrived, and the lobsters were boiled alive anyhow.

Now, I'm sure we can go around and around with this all day long, but I think any animal rights activist who's ever argued with a meat-eater knows that it's a hell of a lot harder to convince the one who eats free range animals to give it up, because the free-ranger believes that treating animals badly is okay just as long as it's done in a hipster organicy kind of way rather than as badly as they imagine it's done by hicks in Hicksville. If we start letting welfarists rule the day, animals will never enjoy the freedom and dignity they deserve -- I mean, hell, would YOU want to be fenced in all your life, kept pregnant all your life and have your children snatched from you for slaughter, only to be slaughtered yourself in the end? Would all this magically become okay just because you occasionally get to see the sun? Yeah, didn't think so.

Another thing I found interesting though profoundly irritating is this idiotic blog in the Phoenix Times (really, do they hire their bloggers at Hank's Corner Pub and have them write before they get a chance to sober up?). The top photo is a play on PETA's brain-dead anti-woman campaigns, and it's pretty goddamn clear from the entry that A) The schnockered-off-his-ass author is familiar with PETA's titty campaigns and B) is very much against animal rights. Which leads us to the probability that C) TITTY ADS DON'T WORK! AT ALL!

I'm going to say it again: An organization that can't even be bothered to care about the most basic of human rights isn't going to truly give a shit about animals, either. Compassion is compassion, and you either have it or you don't. Clearly, PETA has none, for humans OR animals.

Hilarious update: I just received a funny comment from some dude whose undies are all in a knot over the fact that PETA didn't sponsor this event ($800 to the first person who finds where I DID say that!) and claims that, therefore, this article is untrue. So, just to make sure, I clicked over to PETA's original blog post, the one linked to at the beginning of this article, and it's GONE. Seriously. That's how badly PETA knows they fucked up, but rather than apologize, they're just going to act like it never happened. AND I never would have known about their little restructuring of history if this douche-balloon hadn't come around trying to act like King Shit of Know-it-All Mountain. Awesome.
posted by The Venerable Vegan Empress @ 6:20 AM  
  • At December 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Blogger Brandon Becker said…

    PETA has no excuse facilitating the mass killing of lobsters. Anyone who cares about animal rights should condemn PETA's speciesist ideology and campaigns. Please send your money and volunteer time to abolitionist groups!

  • At December 20, 2009 at 10:37 PM, Blogger Marc said…

    I've noticed that you don't have in the links column on the right hand side. Considering that Gary Francione is perhaps the most influential abolitionist author, I'm hoping you might consider adding it.

  • At December 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Blogger The Venerable Vegan Empress said…

    Hey Marc, thanks for the heads up! I'm off to add it now.

    And welcome to the blog, Brandon!

  • At January 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I just stumbled on your blog today. I am a vegan who has been very frustrated by the PETA organization, and what's worse is that I get people blaming me for offensive PETA campaigns. The organization's stunts have gotten it so much publicity that a lot of people see PETA's opinions as representative of the entire vegan/vegetarian population.

    So, thank you for this blog! I am so glad that there are other vegans who are willing to go against PETA...I have friends who are also vegan and don't like PETA, but kind of just put up with it because they agree with PETA's basic principles.

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  • At March 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM, Blogger Brandon Becker said…

    Here's a letter I received from PETA today, which sets the record straight as to PETA's position and their involvement in this event:

    Dear Brandon,

    Thank you for inquiring about PETA’s involvement with the Child & Family Resources, Inc., (CFR) fundraising event. We appreciate the opportunity to clear up any confusion about this unfortunate incident.

    First, please let us assure you that PETA believes, as our motto says, that animals are not ours to eat—period. Slaughtering animals for food is never acceptable.

    However, we recognize that change will not happen overnight, and while we’re working toward a vegan world, we’re also committed to doing whatever it takes to make life better for the animals who are suffering right now. If animals are going to be killed, we want to eliminate as much of their suffering as possible.

    Animal rights advocates fought hard to convince CFR to hold a fundraiser that didn’t involve offering live lobsters for sale to be boiled alive and eaten. When event organizers refused to hold an alternative event, PETA insisted that if CFR was determined to kill lobsters, it should at least use the Crustastun, a machine designed to kill them quickly via electric shock rather than slowly in a pot of boiling water. CFR agreed, and PETA helped make the arrangements. Unfortunately, despite numerous efforts to ensure the arrival of the Crustastun, we were extremely upset to learn that a series of UPS errors caused the machine not to make it in time for it to be used at the fundraiser.

    To be clear, no PETA staff members killed lobsters during the event—with the Crustastun or otherwise—as has been reported (all such reports have since been corrected). All the lobsters were supposed to be killed using the Crustastun by the machine’s inventors or by the charity’s staff members. Since CFR insisted on killing lobsters this year, we hoped to at least spare these animals from a horrible death. It can take three agonizing minutes for lobsters to die in boiling water, but the Crustastun is designed to render them unconscious and kills them in five to 10 seconds. Of course, our preference would be that no lobsters be killed at all.

    For information about our campaign to help lobsters, please visit For more information about effective advocacy for animals who are raised and killed for their flesh, please see To order our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” for yourself or a friend, please go to

    Thanks again for contacting PETA and for your concern for animals.


    The PETA Staff

  • At March 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Blogger The Venerable Vegan Empress said…

    Hmmmm, honestly, I'm not sure that clears much up. All it says to me is that PETA don't have their shit together enough (or give a shit enough) to properly plan for something like that. At my work I send and receive UPS packages every day -- UPS, for all the bad things about them, is not a particularly difficult company to work with and packages almost always arrive on time if you fill out the (simple) paperwork correctly. It was a stupid thing for them to be involved in to begin with, and it backfired pretty badly.

  • At March 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM, Blogger Brandon Becker said…

    I think PETA should have continued opposing the event until the lobsters were killed (or even better- intervened to save the individual lobsters from death). Had PETA done this, they likely would have gotten positive press coverage for lobsters and helped others learn why they shouldn't eat them. Since PETA has now removed anything relating to the CrustaStun on their website, I hope this means they have learned their lesson. Animal rights means no compromise.


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