Monday, October 16, 2006

PETA has a new ad. Why it's not insulting at all!

I was eating pancakes and maple syrup in the kitchen not fifteen minutes ago and thinking about getting out of my pyjamas and wondering about whether or not marigold is a real colour when a woman on the Orla Barry show caught my attention by uttering this line...'feeding your child meat is tantamount to child abuse.'
'Pgtgtg totottt!' I said.
Then I swallowed.
'BLoody PETA!' I said instead.
For it was true, Peta have released a new ad, basically it shows the image of a fat boy about to tuck into a big greasy burger with 'FEEDING KIDS MEAT IS CHILD ABUSE!' under the photo. It is true too, the woman on the radio said it!
I sat astounded while this woman repeated her claims. Children should not be fed meat, it is the same as giving them cigarettes or alcohol. It is curel, it is child abuse.
Orla Barry, sounding as irked as Orla has ever sounded, made her say this twice. Alcohol and cigarettes people.
Then a nutritionist came on and said that meat is a very good source of protein and iron and that lean meat is a very staple part of a balanced diet.
Miss Peta went, 'pfft, I consider that to be a head in the sand type of thought.'
Then Barnados came on, being a charity that deal with real abused children and all, and they were terribly offended that Peta was making light of the word abuse. Do Peta care? Do they ...
'Drastic times call for drastic measures.' Miss Peta snapped. Oh she's right up there on the moral springboard, and with delightful soundbites too.
Here are some of the snippets to accompany the ad...
"As a parent, you love your children. You want them to live full, productive and happy lives. So isn’t it about time you stopped feeding them a diet which leads them down the path of misery, morbid obesity and playground mockery? Feeding children meat is child abuse. Stuffing your kids full of burgers and bangers will not only make them fat and lethargic – it may also set them up for a host of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer. In fact, kids as young as 3 have shown signs of clogging in their arteries!"
There you have it folks, if you feed your kid a chicken salad you might as well put your cigarette out his or her arm, you're a bad parent. Sausages and mashed potato? Hope you do it behind closed doors. Chilli con carne? Swear the kid to keep it just between you, okay.
Stupid feckless parents, don't y'all feel bad now?
I really really hate Peta, but I love when they do campaigns like this one because it shows them up to be the bigoted extremist shower of nutjobs that I know them to be. Huzzah, here is a gun, now go shoot yourself in the other foot with it and be done.


Anonymous eva said...

You almost expect it to be a hidden camera joke in there somewhere....

11:50 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

You really would. They are beyond parody at this stage.

12:17 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...

that child disturbs me.

the burger, OTOH, looks delish.

3:16 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

You filthy beast Finn, don't you feel unclean now? That picture is ABUSE! And you're looking at it and licking yer chops like a a common...sheeeet, like an abuser!
Jesus I"m so starving right now.

3:36 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

I am a long time vegetarian, but this shit just gives vegetarianism a bad name. Our kids eat veggie at home, but we never force it on them outside the home, if their grandparents or our friendsgive them meat thats fine by me. It's like religion, as far as I am concerned they can make up their own minds when they are old enough. Forcing it on them is a sure way for them to rebel against it. The good thing is I can see my son is already mulling it over in his little head, and asking questions.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't mind vegetarians John. I respect a person who does not eat meat because of principled thinking. But this kind of scaremongering and finger wagging deserves to be rightly sneered at. So I"m sneering.
Actually rather a lot of people texted in and called the show outraged at being accused of abusing their childred. I really do feel PETA are slamming the door in their own faces with this one. The fuckers. I hate them because the don't have a rehome policy.

5:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

where did my sodding comment go blogger?

5:17 p.m.  
Anonymous Conor said...

PETA is and always has been a front for the imposition of Veganism on everyone. There's nothing surprising in this ad other than the fact that they are being honest for a change.

10:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Honest how Conor? Is beef and chicken and lamb the sole cause of obesity?
I think not, crisps, white bread, cans of coke, chips with every other meal, that might be more the root cause. I don't think this campaign is honest at all.

11:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Conor said...

Sorry, misundersanding. When I say honest, I mean they are at least being honest about PETA having a Vegan agenda rather than the ad itself being in any way intellectually honest.

Like that other meat fan Hugh Fearnley Whittingstal, I consider well thought out Veganism and Vegetarianism to be a far superior position to clueless meat-eating.

e.g. Most people don't know that 99% of all male dairy calves are shot and incinerated after three days. I know it but don't like it, yet I continue to eat dairy products.

However when you see PETA going after fois gras in Chicago rather than batttery reared chickens, you realise what a bunch of media whores they really are. The ALF wearing Prada.

8:33 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

You're absolutely right, they actually filmed one man's family in their back yard and sent the video to him. He sold fois grais in his shop, and I rmeber thinking Jesus, that's a terrorist action if ever I read one.

9:57 a.m.  
Blogger P1P said...

I have been a veggie for years. That's my choice and i don't give a toss what other people think. I also think what other people eat is their business. I certainly wouldn't accuse someone of child abuse because they gave their kid a burger.

I might call it abuse if the parent only gave the kid rubbish to eat (which isn't just meat) all the time. I had a bit of a rant about this a couple of posts ago.

PETA are crazy though.

1:34 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

What's wrong with giving kids alcohol? I got it for every cold and then stout every month when I started my period. And look at me? Never did me no *hiccing* harm!

5:26 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Damn straight, my Gamma fed me half a bottle of stouut every day from teh age of four until I was thirteen 'for the iron'.
To this day I still can't touch the stuff, but she meant well and I have never been iron-challanged.

3:23 p.m.  
Blogger Simon said...

Idiots what do you expect from the crowd that meat farming in the US is worse then the holocaust. I guess you can say there is not gay jews in Peta. Is for there arguement it obviously stupid.

I mean feeding your kids chips fried in sunflower oil also makes them fat. and there is not meat in a mile of that.

5:32 p.m.  
Anonymous John Mayer said...

Joining our nations' legions of blubber babies is not the main danger meat poses for kids; animal fat, as is well-known, contributes to vascular diseases that can manifest as atheroscleoris by their teens. Less well known is the major role animal protein plays in autoimmune diseases (see The China Study)). If it weren't for the misery caused meat animals (see Eisnetz exposé Slaughterhouse) and the destruction to our environment (see University of Chicago study (, I wouldn't give a rat's rump roast what closed-minded meateaters fed their kiddies. But, under the cirmcumstances, couldn't they just buy their kids cigarettes instead?

7:29 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Or an AK-47? Right John. Glad to see PETA are not totally bat shit insane after all.

1:41 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?! Of course children have blood clots! Everyone gets small blood clots! Get real.

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