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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is well known to use sensationalism to get noticed.


So I hesitate to even draw attention to PETA’s Thanksgiving ploy, because I suppose I’m falling right into their hands.

But equating human babies with turkeys bears mention as a glimpse into the warped mind of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk.

First, a description of PETA’s gimmick, from its press release:

Philadelphia and Baltimore may be a little safer after PETA members worked tirelessly to get baby-killers off the streets – the killers of baby turkeys, that is.

A baby doll bedecked with frills served as the centerpiece for this eerie Thanksgiving dinner, making the point that farmers drug and breed turkeysto grow so fast that most are only months old when they are slammed upside down into metal shackles, only to have their throats slit. (What kind of job is that? But who pays someone to do it? The consumer!)

But as we hear out there, ever more people are turning to a meal that celebrates life and spares a turkey, not “pardons” one. After all, what crime could a baby have committed?

That PETA borrows pro-life terminology to equalize animals with humans is unmistakable.

But Newkirk thinks there is no difference. As she once famously said, “When it comes to feelings like hunger, pain, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” Watch this trailer from the HBO documentary, “I am an animal: The story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA,” and imagine Newkirk is speaking against abortion rather than mistreating animals:

Newkirk has a odd take on human offspring, viewing them as idols created of oneself. According to Monsters and Critics:

For Newkirk, the crucial stake is always the animals – endangered and voiceless.  Newkirk won’t own any pets, long ago gave up on her “lovely marriage” (“I just honest to god didn’t have time for it”), and had herself sterilized at the age of 22, as she determined then that “there was something wrong with wanting your own child,” coming up with a mirror of yourself when there were plenty of children who needed homes.

An atheist, Newkirk reasons that “the horrors in this world could never have been created by a loving god.”

At the same time, PETA considers children prime candidates for indoctrination. From the Los Angeles Times:

The turkey dog has stirred up controversy with its aim directly at kids. Billboards featuring the turkey with a dog’s head and a provocative message – “Kids: If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why eat a turkey?” – have been posted in seven states, some of them outside public schools.

I wonder how it would go over were pro-lifers to create a billboard for kids stating, “If you wouldn’t chop up your dog, why chop up a baby?” or “If you wouldn’t yank off your dog’s leg, why pull off the leg of a baby?” Etc.

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