Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Chicken soup for PETA's soul 

OpinionJournal points to this campaign webpage by PETA which compares the mass slaughter of chickens for food to the Holocaust. PETA, of course, is big with campus liberals, and a local activist is pushing a PETA campaign on our campus. As one might expect, Jewish groups are not pleased. The Anti-Defamation League is up in arms over PETA's tactics. In a press release issued today in response to PETA's request for understanding and approval of its campaign, the ADL's Abraham Foxman replies:
The effort by PETA to compare the deliberate systematic murder of millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhorrent. PETA's effort to seek "approval" for their "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign is outrageous, offensive and takes chutzpah to new heights.

Rather than deepen our revulsion against what the Nazis did to the Jews, the project will undermine the struggle to understand the Holocaust and to find ways to make sure such catastrophes never happen again.

Abusive treatment of animals should be opposed, but cannot and must not be compared to the Holocaust.

So to our local campus friends pushing for PETA (and I sympathize as a longtime vegetarian and one-time contributor to PETA) I warn you: If you put up those posters, be careful with your cameras.