Sunday, February 14, 2016
PETA: Now Endangering Humans
The latest bit of PETA propaganda shows a solemn-faced longhair holding what appears to be a partially-skinned lamb, along with the headline "The rest of your wool coat" and the claim that shearing sheep for wool is horribibibly Cruel. Anyone who knows anything of sheep-raising, or has even looked closely at real lambs, can tell this is a lie: 1) Nobody mangles a valuable animal like that, not when its chief value is in its hair and hide; 2) Many of the cuts are along the creature's lower legs, and since there is no wool on the lower legs, nobody shears there; 3) The supposed lamb is anatomically wrong; the legs are too short, the rump is too small, and the ears belong on a Nubian goat -- not a lamb. The supposed lamb is a plastic sculpture, meant to be realistic, but sculpted by someone who knows nothing about real sheep. Already there's a meme making the rounds on the Internet, comparing the PETA picture with a real freshly-shorn lamb, and exposing the PETA people as liars.
But this isn't the first time the PETA hypocrites have used realistic plastic sculptures to propagandize the public. I personally saw one of their efforts, nearly ten years ago, on a busy Los Angeles freeway.
I forget the exact date, or just which convention we were coming back from, or just which curve of and elevated stretch of freeway it was, but I was at the wheel of my old Thunderbird and some four other fans were in the car with me. We came around the right-turning curve of a busy ramp, and right ahead of us -- crammed against the right-side retaining wall -- was what appeared to be the corpse of a pregnant doe, hind legs spread wide, vulva pointing toward the oncoming traffic. At freeway speed, it was visible for only a few seconds -- just enough for shock-value. But even in those few seconds, even as everybody else in the car was gasping in shock, I realized it was false.
"It's a fake!" I snapped. "The legs are wrong!"
And wrong they certainly were, as I explained; the lower legs were as smoothly round as PVC pipes. Anyone who has ever seen a real deer, up close and personal -- such as, while butchering a fresh-killed deer for food, as I've certainly done -- can tell you that a deer's lower leg consists of a slender bone in front and a big cable-like tendon in back, with a very visible hollow between them. That highway-deer had been made by a sculptor who knew the appearance of deer only from photos, and not very close ones either.
"Besides," I added, "Deer are forest creatures. What would a deer be doing on the elevated ramp of a busy freeway in the middle of Los Angeles? Think: how on Earth would it have gotten here?"
It took only a few minutes' discussion for us to come up with a logical explanation; the sculpture was made and placed by the PETA people, probably as some sort of protest about deer-hunting.
Later we learned that the shock-value sculpture had caused at least one wreck on that stretch of highway, as shocked drivers tried to steer away from it. Nobody was killed, but three cars were damaged and several people were injured. PETA wasn't mentioned in the news report we heard, but we guessed that the police had drawn the same conclusions we had.
I wonder if the PETA people had even considered what their shock-value trick might do in fast-moving heavy traffic -- or if they even cared.
In any case, I notice that they've stopped putting their realistic sculptures in public places, but they're still using the fakes in photo-ads.