Porn & Vegetarianism Don’t Mix

» Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Environment, Ethics, Health, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Porn & Vegetarianism Don’t Mix

Why become a vegetarian?  Apparently, PETA is adding a new “XXX” reason into the mix.

According to today’s Reuters article, the extremist animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is launching a new XXX-rated porn site.  According to the article, the site will begin with normal hardcore videos, but as visitors delve deeper (no pun intended) into the site and its content, they’ll be greeted by images and video of animals being tortured and slaughtered in an attempt to get the anti-factory farming message across.

Yeah…I keep waiting for the punchline too.

If this hadn’t come from what appears to be a reputable news source, I would have sloughed it off as just another goofy, Snopes-level Internet rumor gone viral.  I even had to look at the date — we’re way past April 1.

So, I guess it’s really real.  In that case, WTF?

Alright, so let’s do a little background on PETA.  The non-profit, pro-animal rights activist group is known for its searing, extremist tactics that are intended to get people rattled and shake up the status quo when it comes to the way animals are treated around the world.  They’re known for sometimes racy ads, which in the past have even included adult film stars.  Other marketing materials have included graphic (but real) depictions of animals being tortured, maimed, abused, beaten, and killed in far-from-humane ways.

Is PETA effective?  Well, people are paying attention.  And there’s the old axiom “any publicity is good publicity.”

I have this thing, where maybe I’m different.  But I have to say, I HATE being manipulated.  And PETA is turning up the emotional volume in order to manipulate viewers.  YES, we have an absolutely horrifying problem in this world when it comes to animals.  YES, absolutely, some sweeping changes need to be made.

But if PETA is really putting an adult video site out there just to get their point across, that’s just, well…dumb.  That doesn’t make me want to go vegetarian.  When people feel manipulated, attacked, misled….they’re just going to get angry, and the intended effect is lost.

Sorry PETA.  I got (mostly) nothing against good porn.  But this isn’t good porn.  It’s bad marketing.  It’s just as low as the other marketing campaigns and tactics that are dripping with sleaze and desperation out there today.  I’d like to think that people who are smart and compassionate enough to go vegetarian are more intelligent and thoughtful than the average person.  And this kind of bullsh*t doesn’t appeal to smart people.

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