PETA: Animal Protector or Ineffectual Media Whore?

Earlier this week, a local, milk-producing cow named Smurf was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for producing the most milk in her lifetime.

In her sixteen years, Smurf has produced just over 216,000 litres of milk, enough for an eight ounce glass of milk for every man, woman, and child in Ottawa. That is six times more than an average cow would produce. According to Eric Patenaude, the dairy farmer that has watched over Smurf’s sixteen years of life, her success most likely stems from her size, which is slightly bigger than average, but not so big as to give her physical problems in her old age.

Since gaining this honor, Eric Patenaude has said that Smurf will retire with the calf she is currently pregnant with and when she passes, she will be buried on the family farm.

A nice little story about a local farmer and his cow. Or so I thought.

Enter PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In a letter sent to the Patenaude farm, they suggested that Smurf be saved from the fate of cows that stop producing milk, slaughter. They suggested that Smurf be sent to a sanctuary to live out the rest of her days.

These suggestions are pretty much what the Patenaudes were going to do, minus the stressful trip to an alien location, instead of staying in the place where she was able to become a large, healthy, productive animal.

PETA is a good, worthwhile organization. But, it just seems like they are media whores.

If they had bothered to personally inquire as to the fate of Smurf, they would have seen that she was going to retire with her calf and treated far better than most retired cows. But that wasn’t really the point of their letter, or the subsequent interview with a spokeswoman in Los Angeles. PETA’s point was to show how compassionate PETA is about the welfare of animals, and how little this farmer knew about the welfare of this cow. PETA also seems to be showing how indifferent the farmer is to the cow, how cruel it is to force it to produce milk.

I just wonder if the spokeswoman has ever seen a cow, or a dairy farm, in person. Having lived down the road from a farm, I can tell you a farmer’s top priority is his live stock. The welfare of his cows, chickens, pigs, etc., ensures quality meat and eggs. The health of animals we don’t consume, like horses or dogs, is also vitally important to a farmer. That is why hundreds of thousands of years ago, we began to domesticate animals. To feed the human race, and help us, be our life-long companions.

Farms like the Patenaudes, who might have a few hundred cows producing milk, focus on the well-being their animals, because if they want to produce good milk and milk products, they must have healthy animals.

Maybe PETA should direct their attention to the huge feed lots that the big food producers use, where hundreds upon hundreds of animals are jammed into corals that are basically dust-bowls, with minimal access to water, and are usually left covered in dirt and their own filth. This is where McDonald’s and other huge consumers of meat get their dirt-cheap hamburger.

What about egg farms, where the chickens are jammed into small cages to eat, and are physically unable to walk, so they can produce eggs. What about the chicken farms where genetically altered birds are crammed in together, but these birds can’t walk because their breasts have been altered to the point where they can’t walk due to their weight.

Seems to me that the only reason sent a letter to the Patenaudes farm was because Smurf made news. PETA, being a media whore, jumped on the bandwagon so they could get make a comment on some smaller, Canadian farm.

PETA does do good things, but it needs to do it better, put whatever money it gets where its mouth is. I wonder how much money they spend on those Hollywood tarts to wear nothing in the ads about fur? Maybe some of that money should be put towards supporting the right person so laws protecting animals are changed and enforced. Perhaps creating or funding documentaries that get their point of view across to the majority.

If they are going to give a local farmer grief about one cow, perhaps there are other places PETA should set their sights on…

What about the rich and famous who bring in exotic, wild animals just so they can say they have a tiger or a monkey like the one of “Friends”. Oh wait, that’s where PETA hopes to get their most funding, so they won’t bother people from Hollywood. 

What about the police? They employ dogs, correction, they enslave dogs, since the animal has no say. These animals are put into dangerous situations? Why does this continue?

What about honey bees? Their original purpose wasn’t to supply honey  for humans. Yet millions of bees are exploited for their honey for the sole reason of human profit and consumption.

What about fish stores? How many fish are taken from their natural habitat and forced to live in glass prisons? They are continually exploited by the store owner, as their deeply loved babies are taken away from them within hours of birth! Their eventually fate is to either be eaten by another fish or flushed down a toilet! Will no one stand up and fight for the Guppy!

Was that over the top?

Yup. But for a reason.

PETA has a job to do, an important job. But it is not to waste time with a farmer and his cow who happen to make some headlines. Their job, as their name states, is to ensure the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Domesticated animals have been bred for hundreds of thousands of years to either live with us, or to be killed to feed us. But in recent years, some have forgotten their importance. They aren’t seen as animals, they are merely products to be put their the machine so that what we want is extracted from them, regardless of how they are treated. All these huge corporations see is dollar signs and a bloated human population that is over-weight. That’s probably why food-borne disease is on the rise in various processed meat and food products, as well as in the environment surrounding these mass feed-lots. In short, the majority of domesticated animals face living conditions worse than any mass-murderer would suffer.

Yet PETA goes after the Patenaudes for one cow.

Hey, PETA spokelady from La La Land, instead of drinking that $12 triple mocca latte from one of those huge corporations that gets its milk from a massive, animal-indifferent dairy factory, and looking for the next Hollywood starlet to pose nude for another waste of an ad campaign, why not fight for the ethical treatment of animals! 

And leave Smurf, and the Patenaudes, alone.

I’m sure you have more important things to do… right?

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4 thoughts on “PETA: Animal Protector or Ineffectual Media Whore?”

      1. Among other things, peta should know better than to scare kids into thinking their parents are bloodthirsty killers if they wear fur or go fishing; kill countless pups and felines and such for no reason while attacking people who kill animals for ANY reason; make idiotic bastardized “video games” like Stupid Tofu Boy, Cooking Mama Kills Animals and Tanooki Kills Mario; send convicted felons from the ALF into schools for the SOLE purpose of pressuring students into trying a peta-approved diet; or brainwash everybody and their mother-in-law into going naked for their cause against their will! (I could go on for a long time.) No wonder HSUS doesn’t stand for People Eating Tasty Animals!

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