While I applaud the philosophy behind PETA, I sometimes find their tactics problematic. Some of their stunts have antagonized the very people they’re trying to win to their cause–average Americans.
I was interested, then, to read about this anti-PETA billboard in Times Square. It references PETAKillsAnimals.com, which, among other things, accuses PETA of killing about 10,000 pets a year. A quick Google search demonstrates that this number pales in comparison to the SPCA. Apparently 8 to 10 million unwanted pets are put down each year. This smear campaign is unfounded and laughable. PETA should be applauded for assisting with this unpopular job.
The anti-PETA site is operated by the Center for Consumer Freedom:
A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the full range of choices that American consumers currently enjoy. In addition to malicious animal-rights activists, we stand up to the “food police,” environmental scaremongers, neo-prohibitionists, meddling bureaucrats, and other self-anointed saints who claim to “know what’s best” for you.
That corporate profile doesn’t lay bare the Center’s (and its founder’s) pro-alcohol, pro-tobacco, pro-fast food, anti-MADD, anti-organic and anti-CDC (?) agenda. The group was founded with a $900,000 grant from Philip Morris. Remarkably, they’ve got another site opposed to current drinking and driving laws. For being too strict.