Accuracy in Media

The following letter appeared in The Washington Times today;

 PETA posturing

Thank you for your article about PETA’s State of the Union Undress campaign (“Disrobed dissent,” Inside the Beltway, Tuesday). As the activist who starred in the provocative ad, I was proud to be able to lay my convictions bare to speak up for millions of my fellow Americans who have no voices of their own: animals.

Because the press and public pay more attention to racy and colorful ads and campaigns and part of PETA’s job is to reach as many people as possible, I chose to use my body as a political tool to bring much-needed attention to animal suffering.

Every year, foxes are electrocuted and skinned by the millions for the fur industry; calves are torn from their distraught mothers and slaughtered for the meat industry; elephants are beaten bloody and forced to live in chains in circuses; and billions of other animals suffer from torture, maddening isolation, starvation, terror and violent death at the hands of uncaring industries.

I believe every American, whether walking, flying or swimming, deserves to be free from oppression. I believe America is ready to wake up to the naked truth about how animals are treated. I believe America is ready to turn away from cruelty and embrace compassion and respect for all living beings. It’s time for all of us to help create a kinder, gentler nation for people and animals.

SARAH HARLEY

 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk

What Sarah is referring to is a video that PETA has posted on their web site called PETA’s State of the Union Undress where Sarah rambles on about animal rights and completely disrobes.

As you can see Sarah defends her actions that people need to learn the “naked truth” about what PETA determines are animal rights abuses. What is indefensible is PETA’s use of pornography to try and get its point across.

Does Sarah actually think people will remember the message she delivered while stripping?

And why aren’t the feminist groups howling at this video? They are normally quick to criticize those that use women as sexual objects, but they have been strangely silent on this video? Why? Could it be because they agree with PETA’s principles and can’t bring themselves to criticize their fellow liberals even though they are using sex to sell their message?

PETA has a right to express their views, but they have sunk to a new low with this pornographic video and should remove this video immediately as it only demeans women and I don’t think that’s the message they wanted to send.




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