When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.



I used to think PeTA was the greatest animal rights group ever. They are so huge and powerful. I joined. Soon I discovered that when you let your membership dues lapse they keep sending you stuff anyways for a few more years.

In 2004 they did something so outrageous I stopped all support of them. Their long running campaign against procter & gamble was simply dropped. They let them vivisecting bastards win, and all them years of campaigning against them- the boycotts, the letters, the stickers, all went down the toilet while the CEO of p&g surely had a victory party. I used to put little stickers on every pay phone in town every day that said 'procter and gamble poisons animals'. I still have some. Then the whole thing was dropped, and not because they agreed to stop torturing animals with their products (see the 'get a conscience' link to right). They dropped it to free up resources for a new campaign: McDonald's. It seems they were buying chicken meat from breeders and processors that were mean to the chickens. Imagine that. Why didn't they target the people committing these acts instead of the restaurant chain that bought the final result? It would have worked better, been a lot easier and cheaper, and there would have been plenty of resources left over to continue the p&g campaign. You know: divide and conquer; go after the snake's head, not its tail....

So I was miffed at peta. It also seemed that they were wasting efforts on numerous small campaigns that virtually no one cared about: ..Save the silkworms- they are boiled alive...The Spice Girls wore fur...Don't chain up dogs. Give dogs straw to lay on... Meanwhile, some things seemed to be of little concern to them: vivisection, fur farming, wild trapping, hunting...

Their numerous campaigns, some of which have little interest to most activists even, are too little too late. They cannot stop the silk trade, and not everyone can afford a fence for their dogs. But as large and powerful as they were, I assumed they would help me when I needed some awareness for a local animal related issue. Never assume anything....

I found out that the feds were allowing area cattle ranchers to kill buffaloes within the borders of Yellowstone National Park. This was illegal, immoral, and outrageous. When I emailed peta about it, they replied , quote:

Thank you for contacting PETA. Although we read all mail and will forward messages to the appropriate staffers, because of the volume of mail that we receive, we are unable to respond to all mail personally. The following information and links, however, will likely address any concern that you have regarding wildlife, so please read it carefully.
If you are writing us concerning hunting, please visit http://www.PETA.org/about/faq-wild.asp for answers to frequently asked questions about hunting and http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=53 for our factsheet on the subject. Some animal protection organizations focus specifically on hunting, and you might want to contact one of those groups for more detailed information about efforts to help targeted animals. You can find such groups by searching the web using http://www.google.com or a similar site, but to get you started, one organization that campaigns vigorously against hunting is The Fund for Animals (http://www.fundforanimals.org).
For information about what to do if you’ve seen a wild animal being abused, tips on living in harmony with wildlife, or to learn how to take action to help non-domesticated animals, please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/wildlife.asp. Other links that may also be of help to you:
· Fight the wildlife trade: http://www.WildlifePimps.com
· Fight predator and “nuisance” control: http://www.PETA.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=51 and http://www.hsus.org/ace/13964
· Fight against habitat loss and development: http://www.hsus.org/ace/15631
· Fight the cruelty of fishing: http://www.FishingHurts.com
One of the best ways to combat any anti-wildlife legislation is to send letters explaining your stance to elected officials and leaders of major corporations. For information about current legislation, visit http://www.fund.org. A few other useful pages include:
· PETA’s guide to effective letter-writing: http://www.PETA.org/actioncenter/letter-writing-guide.asp
· How to lobby: http://www.PETA.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=74
· To find your representatives: http://www.congress.org
Also, before deciding whether or not to support a particular “wildlife” or “conservation” group, ask about its position on hunting. The National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Izaak Walton League, the Wilderness Society, the World Wildlife Fund, and many others either support sport hunting outright or do not oppose it.
For more ideas about ways to help animals, please visit http://www.PETA.org/actioncenter.
Thanks again for your interest in PETA and in helping animals.
The PETA Staff

They did not find it worth their time to save buffaloes, so they referred me to anti-hunting groups. Via a form letter. Nice.

One other time I wrote to them about a large man-made lake (Viking Lake in SW Iowa) that was going to be drained for the sole purpose of killing off all the fish in it. This was so the state could restock it. Since peta has an anti-fishing campaign, I told them about this too. This time, no response at all.

Next, I told them about a small town whose mayor had posted a bounty on cats on the town's website. This time I got a real letter in return, quote:

Dear Mr. Platt,
Thank you for contacting us about the feral cats in Randolph, Iowa. We are troubled that local government officials are encouraging people to try to capture these cats on their own, and we recommend that only people trained for this kind of work be allowed to interact with these cats.
As you may know, feral-cat population control is a difficult and emotional issue and has been a topic of heated debate within the animal-protection community for many years. Our past experiences with trap/neuter/return/monitor (TNRM) programs and managed feral-cat colonies have led us to question whether or not these programs are always truly in the cats’ best interests. Time and time again, we have seen the tragic results of incidents in which cats—“managed” or not—suffer and die horrible deaths because they must fend for themselves outdoors. Having witnessed firsthand the gruesome things that can happen to feral cats, we cannot in good conscience oppose euthanasia as a humane option in some circumstances. Please know that this stance is based solely on what we know to be the most humane option for these animals.
Horrific fates await most homeless cats—they do not die of old age. Highly contagious diseases such as rhinotrachitis, feline AIDS, and rabies are common in “outdoor cats.” They sustain puncture wounds, broken bones, brain damage, or lose eyes or limbs after being attacked by other animals or hit by cars. During winter months, it is all too typical for automobile engine fans to slice through the bodies of cats who seek shelter from the cold in engines. If cats miraculously escape these perils, they may still fall prey to agonizing deaths at the hands of cruel people. Our office is flooded with calls about cruelty to animals every day. Across the country, free-roaming cats are mutilated, shot, drowned, poisoned, beaten, set on fire, sacrificed, stolen by bunchers for medical experimentation, or used by dogfighters for target practice or as “bait.”
TNRM advocates argue that feral cats are just as deserving as other felines and that it is our responsibility to alleviate their suffering and ensure their safety—we absolutely agree. It is precisely because we would never encourage people to let their own cats outdoors to roam free that we do not encourage the same for feral cats. We believe that, although altering feral cats prevents the suffering of future generations, it does little to improve the quality of life of the cats who are left outdoors. Allowing feral cats to continue their daily struggle for survival in hostile environments is not usually a humane option.
Nevertheless, PETA’s position has never been that all feral cats should be euthanized. We believe that TNRM programs are acceptable when the cats are (1) isolated from roads and people and other animals who could harm them; (2) constantly attended to by people who not only feed them, but care for their medical needs; (3) located in an area where they do not have contact with wildlife; and (4) located in an area where the weather is temperate. For information on humanely managing a feral cat colony, please visit:
· http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=141
· http://PETALiterature.com/WEL233.pdf
· http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=120
The solution to feral-cat overpopulation obviously lies in prevention. Like everyone who cares about the welfare of animals, PETA would like to see an end to the need for euthanasia, which is why PETA operates a mobile spaying and neutering clinic, the “SNIPmobile,” and performs thousands of low-cost or free sterilization surgeries every year. We provide free spaying and neutering to local TNRM groups, and we vaccinate and give ear treatment to feral cats from managed colonies (please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/about_snip.asp to learn more about SNIP).
We also have campaigns across the country and around the world to educate people about the need to spay and neuter in order to prevent further growth in the numbers of homeless animals. To learn how you can help introduce a spay/neuter ordinance in your area, please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/res_lobbyLeg.asp.
Thanks again for contacting PETA and for your compassion.
Heidi Parker
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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This was my reply to their letter:

your essay on feral cats was well done. but did you know that pets not wearing collars are not the same thing as feral animals? either you do not know the difference, or you did not check into this matter one bit before lecturing me on the perils of aiding feral cats. this matter had nothing to do with feral cats. a quick look at the randolph home page makes that perfectly clear- their aim was to have people round up other peoples pets that were not wearing collars, and pay them a bounty on them. of course collared cats could also be caught and had their collars simply removed. the mayor does not refer anywhere to wild, diseased, or feral animals. just loose cats out 'to go to the bathroom'.
fortunately, they have announced an end to the bounty- though they have not changed their website- due to many complaints from area citizens and even several animal rights groups. judging by your response, i am sure peta was not one of them.
next time i need help for animals, i will contact the IDA or NHES.

Suffice it to say I am losing respect for them as animal advocates by this time.

At one point they were taking donations of fur coats and giving people a tax write off for it. Donating a valuable item to a charity lowers your tax dues. Plus it gets these disgusting garments off the streets. Good idea. But wait- what did peta do with these coats? I personally would have suggested burning them. They gave them out to homeless people. After painting a red stripe around one sleeve, in order to devalue them. "These are the only people with an excuse for wearing fur- the homeless!," they schreeched. Assuming that the paint could not be dry cleaned off, did it not occur to them that a short sleeved fur coat could be made out of it, or a few stoles, or a cape??? This was probably one of their stupidest publicity stunts. I would love to know how many of those coats are still being worn by homeless people, and how many were sold and cleaned or refitted and worn by rich-bitches right now.

Anymore, all you hear about peta is their monthly publicity stunts, usually involving naked humans. It gets old. There is a rumor on the net that they only spend "less than one percent" of their budget on animal work. This is untrue, but they are making no real effort to refute it. Jumping into that issue would gain them a lot of good publicity. The last linked page makes it clear they are doing a lot of good work for animals, mainly educational. But as far as advocacy and intervention- they suck. Too big I guess, with 800,000 claimed members.

PeTA can be good, but it is for the masses. Doers join smaller, more active groups.

If you want to help animals more directly, I highly recommend these groups instead:

big cats
law enforcement 

Don't go with the flow to help animals- do what you need to.

(c) james platt

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