| PETA, People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals, recently launched a campaign equating the
Holocaust, where 6 million Jews were murdered just because they are Jews, to
eating meat. The comparison of eating meat to Nazi's has infuriated more than
PETA's web site, www.peta.org, contains a
graphic directly equating Jews in Auschwitz to chickens in farms with the words
"The Holocaust On Your Plate" across the center. Clicking on the graphic takes
you to www.masskilling.com, a PETA web site that further equates meat eaters
with Nazis. The campaign is getting the goat, so to speak, of many people
around the world, especially Jewish Vegetarians.
Lenchus, an orthodox Jew and vegetarian in Florida is one of many people who
wrote PETA to voice his displeasure. In a conversation with Lenchus, he summed
up his displeasure with PETA's latest campaign by saying "That's it. I will
raise my kids to not be vegetarians." Although he stopped short of committing
to eat meat, Lenchus said he will now start eating fake meat, something he has
avoided as well. Lenchus also would not rule out eating meat to show his
displeasure at PETA.
The following is the letter
Lenchus wrote to PETA:
---- Start of letter -----
vegetarians! I recently visited your masskillings.com website and let me say,
it most certainly made a point. Never before has a campaign affected me so
greatly. I would really love to meet the creative masterminds behind this
campaign and let them all personally know my feelings after viewing the slide
If I may, let me attempt to share some of
those feelings now. It fascinates me to see that people can believe in
something so much, that they completely lose touch of reality. The audacity to
compare the HUMAN VICTIMS of the Holocaust to the animal victims of the FDA is
disgusting. Animal rights is a strong cause as it is, but this "parallel"
drives fence sitters and those who believe in the cause, running from your
group. Your counter productive campaign defecates on those effected in any way
by the Holocaust, but it's not the first time we've seen this comparison. It
seems like everyone is using the term "Holocaust" these days to nail their
political agenda home. In doing so, the actual event of the Holocaust seems
watered down and people grow callous to the term, but the think team at PETA
went a step further... you added pictures into the equation. A simple parallel?
Well, let me offer my simple parallel: I think that
your campaign is the greatest argument I've heard yet in my struggling years of
vegetarianism, to EAT MEAT. And take my word for it, I have been a vegetarian
long before 80% of your entire organization of trend followers, because I
started before it was popular. Your attempt to dehumanize the victims of the
Holocaust is insulting and offensive. Your campaign tramples over a sacred
place in our history, and your group dug up the bodies of our dead and tried to
desecrate them some more.
I could write a book on
your insensitivity, but I will close with another short parallel. If you want
humans and animals to be on equal ground, I hope that you all find yourselves
stranded in the wild one day and are mauled to death by the very animals you
---- End of letter
Lenchus, summed up PETA's position saying
"If PETA wants every human to stop eating meat, the they also need to start a
campaign to make sure all animals on this planet stop eating meat too." Lenchus
made the comments laughing at PETA. "I do it for me, but I certainly don't
think that this (vegetarianism) is a life style that everyone can live with.
You have to be reasonable."
PETA advocates everyone
in the world stop eating meat. Their philosophy is "Meat is Murder." PETA is
also against wearing fur, and currently has a campaign where instead of burying
furs that people have given PETA in protest, the furs are given to Afghan
children. Boycott Watch finds this to be inconsistent. Even though we agree
these children need to keep warm, it is hypercritic for PETA to say one person
cannot wear fur but others can. Additionally, if PETA truly believes fur, as a
component of meat products, is murder, PETA should be holding funerals for the
furs instead of redistributing them. "We honor victims of the Holocaust by
remembering what they went through, doing our part to lessen violence on all
levels, and by making sure we learn from this history" said PETA Campaign
coordinator Andrew Butler.
talk show host Dennis Prager had a different take on PETA's campaign and
history: "The PETA campaign desecrates history
The Nazi's were proponents
of animal rights. They treated their animals with respect, but the in doing so,
they lowered the value of human life, resulting in a lack or value of human
life, thus facilitating genocide."
The Boycott Watch
interview with PETA will soon be published here with a rebuttal.
Boycott Watch Conclusion: PETA overstepped
the bounds of decency and humanity in this campaign, and owes an apology to
every victim and survivor of the Holocaust, as well as their families. This
PETA campaign is irresponsible at best.
Note: Before PETA members write us and complain about Boycott Watch being
one-sided, please read our coverage of PETA's complaints against Petco.