Tuesday, August 11, 2009

PETA - Eating animals - OUT! Making fun of obesity - IN!


A few weeks ago I blogged about PETA's practices of objectifying women in the name of promoting vegetarianism.

Well how about making fun of the obese?

PETA's latest ad reads,

"Save the Whales. Lose the blubber: Go Vegetarian. PETA"
and you guessed it, the "whales" are folks with weight to lose with the premise being that be becoming vegetarians they'll be "saved" and lose weight.

PETA, a few months ago I simply thought you were a bunch of over-excited vegetarians but between the objectification of women and the promotion of fat bias, you've officially elevated yourselves to loathsome.

Readers - please spread the word. Don't support PETA.

Feel free to contact PETA and let them know how you feel.

Contact PETA:
Comment on their official "Save the Whales" page by clicking here.
Phone: 757-622-PETA (7382)
Fax: 757-622-0457
Leave a comment on their Facebook page
Leave comments on their My Space page
Snail mail: 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510

[Via my friends at CalorieLab and from a blog entitled Without Measure]

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12 comments:

  1. This makes me so angry! It is becoming harder and harder to deal body issues in this day and age, and campaigns like this do not help!

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  2. That is utterly sickening.

    Plus, it's not even accurate - nine of the ten truly obese people I know are vegetarian!!

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  3. Kelsey10:32 am

    How irresponsible of PETA.

    Vegetarianism is commonly seen as a mask for eating disorders or disordered eating behavoirs as a means to justify severe diet restriction. A study by the Univeristy of Minnesota found that teens with disordered eating behavoirs were more likely to follow a vegetarian diet than those with "normalized" eating behavoirs.These teens reported that their main reason for using a vegetarian diet was as a weight control method.

    This ad cheapens vegetarianism by showcasing it as the latest fad diet and does nothing to promote it as a healthy alternative lifestyle choice.

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  4. Really offensive, shame on PETA!

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  5. Wow. Sad part is, there's not much truth to it.

    Most vegetarian and vegan diets are heavy in grains, and finally people are starting to realize that grains make pigs, cows, AND people fat!

    I know several morbidly obese vegetarians and one morbidly obese vegan. How sad that these people think they are eating "healthy" when they eat lots of processed veggie foods and cheeses (or fake cheeses).

    You CAN eat a healthy, lower carb vegetarian diet. But most people are not educated on the healthy eating of whole, real foods found in nature. Wouldn't that have been a better campaign?

    Vegetarian does not automatically mean healthy and slim -- donuts are usually vegetarian!

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  6. Wow... offensive AND contradictory.

    But I don't really expect anything truly intelligent to come from PETA.

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  7. Anonymous4:38 pm

    Actually, studies have proven that vegetarian and vegan population are less overweight than the average. Although the ad is a bit out there, that is the purpose...to get people to talk. A vegetarian diet is very healthy when done correctly, anyone can call themselves vegetarian and live off fries and chips. Point is, PETA is trying to get people to look at the veggie lifestyle as a means to control your weight....works for some but not all.

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  8. Hypocritical, to say the least, as humans are animals, right?

    But, on your happy news, I say, Mazal Tov! Three girls are an amazing blessing! Enjoy!

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  9. Anonymous7:29 pm

    I went vegan for two years for ethical reasons, and I lost about ten pounds at first, but then stayed at that weight (still about 100 pounds overweight).

    For the activists like PETA, it's all about selling their ideology, and they will use any tactic they can, regardless of whether it is true.

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  10. Anonymous8:42 pm

    I am an obese Vegetarian, sensitive person, and PETA's ad targeted me and I don't even eat meat. Some people consume extra calories because they are super sensitive- emotional eaters who may be obese or not; but being super sensitive can be beneficial to others because the person can be very giving, caring and supportive to organizations that the sensitive person can emphasize with such as PETA or worry about, cry about. An emotional thing.But don't cry over PETA as PETA is ignorant, offensive and should not even represent animals because they cannot care about humans.PETA = PeopleEattingTactlessA-holes

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  11. Anonymous6:38 pm

    thanks for posting! we recently had a protest about this in Portland, Oregon. see link below.

    http://bitchmagazine.org/post/feminists-protest-peta-for-a-change

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  12. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness on this issue. I write a blog about body image that covers our experiences in Portland while protesting PETA. Please share:
    http://www.whatswrittenonmybody.blogspot.com/

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