Video: PETA terrifies small children with comic book depicting mutilated cows; Update: PETA responds

posted at 8:31 am on February 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

PETA often employs controversy to get its point across to adults, but that usually takes the form of naked celebrities endorsing their message. With children, PETA uses a different strategy altogether — and that has parents in a Woodland Hills, California school district angry enough to consider a lawsuit. PETA distributed comic books with horrifyingly graphic images of butchery in order to terrify children into their ideology:

Claire Borsheim and many other parents at the Woodland Hills campus were outraged after PETA handed out the pamphlets to their children the same day a baby cow was on campus for a lesson about dairy farming.

The pamphlet appeared to be a cartoon comic and was titled “A Cow’s Life,” but the images inside were horrifying, parents said.

“My 6-year-old daughter was handed one of these comics, saw the insert of the mutilated cow that I ripped away right away, she started flipping through it and saw pictures of baby cows being electrocuted, factory farms with machetes, I mean, just graphically horrifying images for a 6 year old,” Borsheim said.

“The images are pretty graphic,” parent Shawn Belschner said. “They’re of mutilated cows, infected cows, cows being dehorned, cows in bad conditions. I don’t think it’s good for any child.”

PETA later claimed that they got their materials mixed up, and that the comic books were intended for adults:

Katie Arth of PETA says that it may have all just been an innocent mix up.

“PETA creates material for kids and for adults,” Arth said. “And it looks like there was just a mistake and our volunteers put the materials together to get them out quicker.”

Er, riiiiiiiiight. I’m sure that these comic books titled “A Cow’s Life” was intended for adults. Suuuuuuuure they were.

LAUSD said that they didn’t know PETA would distribute images like that to the children. The better question is why LAUSD allowed a protest group to distribute anything to children in the first place. Perhaps parents considering a lawsuit should think about adding the school and the school board to the list of respondents.

Update: PETA has responded to me about this post, and I have a point to make afterward. First, here’s the response from David Perle:

Hi, Ed. I wanted to let you know that PETA has sent a letter to Calabash Charter Academy in response to the recent mix-up in which volunteers, including one Calabash Elementary parent, gave students kid-friendly comic books about the dairy industry that contained a more graphic leaflet intended for adults, something that was not supposed to happen. (In your piece, you mocked the concept that the comic books were intended for adults. No, of course they weren’t. The problem was the leaflets that were mistakenly put inside of those child-friendly comic books.)

As PETA notes in its letter, the volunteers had been concerned that a representative of the dairy industry was visiting the school that day to sell the kids on cow’s milk, and PETA had intended for the in-depth leaflets to go to the students’ parents so that they could be fully informed about how the dairy industry hurts animals (and how dairy products can make kids and adults sick).

In an effort to mend fences, PETA has offered to provide staff and students at Calabash Elementary with Tofutti Cuties—delicious dairy-free ice cream sandwiches.

“Kids have a natural empathy for animals and know that the abuse that cows endure on factory farms—the pain of dehorning, the constant deprivation in filthy feedlots, and the ache of mastitis—is wrong,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, who is also the mother of an elementary student in the Los Angeles area. “PETA’s child-appropriate comic book starts an honest conversation about how what we choose to eat and drink can help—or hurt—animals.”

He also included a letter to the principal of the school from PETA’s executive VP Tracy Reiman, which is referenced in the story, but I’ll include it here without the names included:

I wanted to contact you about the volunteers who visited your school on Thursday and to apologize for the fact that some students apparently received leaflets intended for adults and that had not been approved for distribution to kids for this visit. The volunteers, including a parent of a fifth-grader at Calabash, were concerned when they learned that the dairy industry would be visiting the school and wanted to offer your students kid-friendly comic books in order to help them understand how milk gets from cows to their cereal bowls as well as to offer parents more detailed information about the cruelty and health concerns associated with dairy products.

As the mother of a 10-year-old, I know that kids have a natural empathy for animals but may not understand the connection between the animals they see in picture books or on farms and the food on their plates. Our comic book was designed with the help of parents and educators in order to help start honest discussions with kids about helping animals. Most cows used in the dairy industry live in cramped, filthy conditions, often mired in their own waste, and are deprived of almost everything that is pleasant, natural, and important to them. They are genetically manipulated and given drugs that force them to produce more than four times the amount of milk that they would naturally, and this milk also promotes antibiotic resistance in humans who drink it. Their calves are taken away from them shortly after birth—females are cycled into milk production, and males are relegated to veal crates, which cause horrible animal suffering. The cows are repeatedly impregnated using artificial insemination, and up to half of them suffer from a painful udder infection called mastitis. Once their milk production wanes, at about only 4 or 5 years old, almost all mother cows are sent to slaughter. There is a health factor here, too, as milk and other dairy products have now been linked to serious illnesses, including heart disease, type 1 diabetes, and obesity.

PETA encourages parents and children to choose humane and healthy options, such as soy or almond milk, vegan cheese, and dairy-free ice cream. Unlike dairy products, which are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, nondairy milk is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat as well as high in calcium and essential nutrients.

I’d be happy to meet with you or talk on the phone. We would like to mend fences and give the school some delicious dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches (Tofutti Cuties) for all the kids to enjoy.

Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

The last point, and one that supports Perle’s response: the comic book is on line, and while I wouldn’t give it to my granddaughters, the comic book itself does not contain the graphic images that concerned the parents — at least not as presented from their website. Still, I’d be demanding some answers from the school as to why this material was allowed at all. If PETA wants to target kids for their campaign, they should be working through parents rather than around them, and schools should know better.

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Know who slaughters a whole heckuva lot of puppies and kitties?

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Terrific.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I think the notion that PETA made a mistake and substituted adult materials for children’s materials is proven to be false by the fact that the seal on the upper left cover of the comic book reads “PETAKids Comics.”

Zealots. And our society allows them to walk around in public un-encumbered by straitjackets or Thorazine.

Dukeboy01 on February 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

PETA terrifies small children with comic book depicting mutilated cows the faces of their memebers

Valkyriepundit on February 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

The better question is why LAUSD allowed a protest group to distribute anything to children in the first place.

The (potentially literal) million dollar question. Why are any outside groups allowed to distribute material. Would the LAUSD let the Gideons on campus to distribute Bibles? Can Planned Parenthood hand out condoms to first graders? Who gave PETA permission to hand out materials in the first place?

And BTW, you all might ask about the policy at your own young’uns school. The LAUSD isn’t the only place where the left seeks to indoctrinate skulls full of mush.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

“They’re of mutilated cows, infected cows, cows being dehorned, cows in bad conditions. I don’t think it’s good for any child.”

Eh, nothing kids from ranching country don’t see routinely, and ranchers’ kids turn out better than dippy LA hippies’ kids. Honestly I applaud this–squeamish people shouldn’t eat meat. Get out of the market and let steak prices drop for those of us unburdened with romantic notions about cows.

Fabozz on February 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

So when is PETA going to protest cheetahs taking down gazelles?

PETA kills dogs, PETA can go to Hell.

rbj on February 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I think the notion that PETA made a mistake and substituted adult materials for children’s materials is proven to be false by the fact that the seal on the upper left cover of the comic book reads “PETAKids Comics.”

Dukeboy01 on February 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Yeah, the PETAKids logo pretty much refutes the idea that some innocent volunteer just picked up the wrong stack of comic books. I also don’t believe that school employees didn’t realize what was being handed out.

The only story here is that the LAUSD got caught.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Preach it, Murphy9. PETA has a godawful track record of killing any pets that come under their control. Sometimes, in the back of the van as they drive away from picking them up.

Their founder, Ingrid Newkirk, is a dangerous lunatic and ought to be behind bars. She claims to have killed a thousand dogs and cats with her own hand, while eating raw hamburger. And that’s from the Wikipedia article, which was desperate to make her sound good.

S. Weasel on February 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

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BacaDog on February 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Was the meat still edible? I hate waste.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Shouldn’t PETA be saving dogs in Sochi?

bettycooper on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Eh, nothing kids from ranching country don’t see routinely, and ranchers’ kids turn out better than dippy LA hippies’ kids. Honestly I applaud this–squeamish people shouldn’t eat meat. Get out of the market and let steak prices drop for those of us unburdened with romantic notions about cows.

Fabozz on February 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

As far as I’m concerned, beef comes in styrofoam trays. But PETA’s message included that milk is murder. You saying that squeamish people should stop buying dairy too?

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The objective is to condition children to think as PETA wants them to- i.e., that any use of animals is equivalent to genocide.

The endgame being a generation that reacts to such things exactly the way PETA wants them to. Irrationally, and preferably with violence.

If they end up suffering physically due to eating a PETA-approved Vegen diet, that’s a feature, not bug, as far as PETA is concerned.

PETA doesn’t like humanity very much. And most of its leadership consider themselves superior to same.

Terrorizing and brainwashing children into being obedient little anti-human zombies is just part of the game, to them.

However, they couldn’t do it if school authorities didn’t let them. And they do that because their own political agenda includes at least part of PETA’s.

The politicization- and radicalization- of our children now begins in kindergarten, apparently. Trotsky would be so proud of them, as would Mao, Goebbels, and Rosenberg.

Letting the L.A. United School District off the hook by letting them claim they were snowballed by PETA doesn’t cut it. PETA should be barred from spreading propaganda in schools, just as they routinely prohibit groups like the NRA from supplying “teaching materials”.

And whoever in LAUSD approved this (and believe me, somebody had to know what was going on) needs to be fired.

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eon on February 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Starting this off with a standard disclaimer that PETA are a steaming pile of bungholes. That said….

Our approach to food production is surreal. The way we have disconnected meat from it’s source is foolish, delusional, and destructive. Most of us pick our plastic packets of meat products with no connection whatsoever to what they are. Our urban and suburban kids only have a vague notion of the chickens, pigs, and cows that end up on their plates.

No, I’m not saying they should be subjected to a horror show….but a healthy, visceral understanding of what food is and where it comes from–and the respect for it that naturally follows–would be welcome.

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Eyes in front = diners
Eyes on side = dinners

timberline on February 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

timberline on February 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Funny.

bettycooper on February 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

and the respect for it that naturally follows–would be welcome.

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM

To whom? The cow doesn’t give a toss.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Eyes in front = diners
Eyes on side = dinners

timberline on February 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Salad is what food eats.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Wow, that non-profit PETA building is much nicer than a lot of legitimate for-profit businesses I know.

Must be nice to be a “struggling” non-profit.

Nethicus on February 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM

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BacaDog on February 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Ed sh!tcanned Panther just last night. Why is he re-opening the door?

Jeff Weimer on February 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Er, riiiiiiiiight. I’m sure that these comic books titled “A Cow’s Life” was intended for adults. Suuuuuuuure they were.

It’s possible. I doubt the “adults” that PETA is targeting here are any more mature than children.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

To whom? The cow doesn’t give a toss.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

From one perspective, okay.

Then again–I can’t quite forget my years of eating in a college cafeteria. Basically, you showed your id to get in. Once inside, you could go through the line as often as you wanted and take anything. Trays would go onto the conveyer belts stacked with uneaten food. The little shits would make sculptures out of it to pass the time waiting for their buds to finish eating.

That will stay with me for the rest of my life. Now do you see what I mean by respect?

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

It’s possible. I doubt the “adults” that PETA is targeting here are any more mature than children.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

And equally likely to be unaware where beef and milk come from. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

There are huge contracts selling frozen stamped out chicken and beef patties,nuggets,and weiners at every school district and prison system in the country.Why doesn’t PETA man up and go after them and leave the kiddos alone?

docflash on February 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

That will stay with me for the rest of my life. Now do you see what I mean by respect?

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Badly brought up kids is a separate problem. But, if you are referring to having respect for the food made available, that is the inevitable result of Socialism – easy come, easy go.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Putzs
Employing
Terrible
Animation

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

They seem to be kicking it up a notch from their “Sea Kitten” bedtime stories…

Sideout on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I am a proud member of PETA…People Eating Tasty Animals. Just harvested another Florida deer yesterday and damn those tenderloins were fine eating. PETA should be called what it is, an extremist terrorist group. It’s members should be hunted down and dispatched like any other terrorist.

Doomsday on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Badly brought up kids is a separate problem. But, if you are referring to having respect for the food made available, that is the inevitable result of Socialism – easy come, easy go.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Then there’s capitalism. Some enterprising individual will find a use for the other guy’s garbage.

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Well I would be ok with PETA handing this out to kids if we can hand out the same of abortions to every kid in sex ed.

AH_C on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

This is interesting – so teaching kids about s*x/s*x acts/self pleasuring and abnormal sexual behaviors/attraction in classrooms/school is 100% okay around this age no?

But showing them the reality of where their lunch meat comes from is terrifying/damaging.

It is either one or the other – if you are going to go full on reality with them – then both are fair game no? Or if reality is harmful to their young minds/innocence, then they should be sheltered from it.
(Assuming that one believes that it is the state/federal/union’s determination when and what to teach your child of course).

Sometimes I wonder that in our zeal for taste personal pleasure that we do not gloss over the reality of the distasteful/messy process that gets the tasty food to our mouths… Children (generally) find slaughter, cruelty and pain to animals to be shocking and horrible… what does it say about adults that they cannot be bothered to consider their own dietary choice consequences in an honest manner?

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Great link! Thank you!

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

what does it say about adults that they cannot be bothered to consider their own dietary choice consequences in an honest manner?

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Good job you weren’t born in Neanderthal times.

We are carnivores.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I am a proud member of PETA…People Eating Tasty Animals. Just harvested another Florida deer yesterday and damn those tenderloins were fine eating. PETA should be called what it is, an extremist terrorist group. It’s members should be hunted down and dispatched like any other terrorist.

Doomsday on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

One might re-consider how one treats those who have a different mindset than you do… people who do not condone the murder/slaughter of animals when other food sources are available are entitled their opinion and to life out their own strongly held ideals on the subject. They are likewise entitled to share their strongly held ideas on the subject with those around them (truly the content & manner of how those ideas are shared to those of a young age is a topic for thoughtful discussion).

Huzzah for free speech, individual thought and discussion correct? When you use careless rhetoric like you did in the quote above – how do you feel when that same language is used with a few minor changes: “Wacky christians should be called what they are, an extremist doomsday cult group. It’s members should be hunted down and dispatched like any other cult group”.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Why didn’t they include cats that they killed and threw into a dumpster behind Piggly Wiggly’s?

ThePainfulTruth on February 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

You lost it when you said murder. Putting forth an argument with non-applicable terms will get you nowhere.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Boy, now I’m hungry for a double bacon cheeseburger!

There’s nothing like the smell of grilling beef in the morning.

ZeusGoose on February 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I’d talk to a few of these PETA types and ask them if they want to see some pics from a book entitled “A PETA Jackwad’s Life”, photos to be taken behind my pole barn if they would like to please follow me.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I am a card carrying member of PETA.

People (for the)
Eating (of)
Tasty
Animals

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

When you slide onto the leather seats of your car do you take a moment and think, “Ya know, an animal was murdered for my comfort” but drive off anyway?

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

what does it say about adults that they cannot be bothered to consider their own dietary choice consequences in an honest manner?

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Good job you weren’t born in Neanderthal times.

We are carnivores.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I had no say as to when I was born – that fell to a far greater power than I. Nor did you – so trying to deflect by throwing out a hypothetical time-travel machine response does not address my post.

Mass slaughter of living creatures is not necessary for sustenance in vast portions of the United states – but it’s inconvenient to think about such things – better to just eat the tasty food and not think to much about it eh?

I actually was not trying to go off on that particular tangent – I was focusing on the matter of the appropriateness of teaching young people realities despite the ‘inconvenience’ to current human eating habits/preferences. What IS and what IS NOT okay?

What traumatizes and what assists in the normal maturation process?

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Disgraceful, but not surprising; this is what zealots do. Don’t think for a second that if lefties like Michael Moore and Piers Morgan had access to the Sandy Hook photos they wouldn’t try and put something similar together.

Maybe its time we take a page from their playbook and release a “comic book” filled with pictures of aborted babies.

smartpower on February 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

You lost it when you said murder. Putting forth an argument with non-applicable terms will get you nowhere.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Funny thing about ‘terms’ – note that I said murder/slaughter – I was attempting to cover all of the bases…

Websters Dictionary defines Murder: “to slaughter wantonly” – yep… that just about covers it – have you actually seen what many of the main providers of meat to this country do to animals? If I could link to videos, I would.

Baby Chickens are placed by the thousands on a giant conveyer belt – workers sort out the female chicks (as they are egg layers and those are thrown into boxes for use – the male chicks stay on the conveyer belt right down to the end where there is a massive grinder that pulverizes the male chicks into mash….

Precisely how do you call that kind of waste of a living creature as anything other than slaughter (if you are hung up on the term murder). It’s gruesome, careless and wasteful to the extreme.

The funny thing is – I am not with PETA at all – I think that PETA can take things over the top – but the absolute ignorance as to the cruelty (lack of any oversight) and mass slaughter is astounding. And when faced with the evidence of the profound cruelty of this ongoing slaughter – the response is oftentimes, “and they taste great!” – as if nothing else matters than our own tastebuds.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Maybe its time we take a page from their playbook and release a “comic book” filled with pictures of aborted babies.

smartpower on February 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

You’re talking about human trash here, these are people who gather at pro-abortion rallies and watch films of late term abortions being conducted while they sip wine spritzers. A little comic book would only make them giggle.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Shameless shock tactics, whether it’s aimed at children or adults.

that guy on February 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

…I am shocked that California parents…even care!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

When you slide onto the leather seats of your car do you take a moment and think, “Ya know, an animal was murdered for my comfort” but drive off anyway?

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Ah Bishop – I like your posts and have read many over the years.

I do not have leather seats in my car, nor leather furniture in my house, nor do I wear leather shoes – but thank you Bishop for readily assuming hypocrisy on my behalf – that thought process is much like many liberals do as they sneer at Christians, Catholics and others who aspire to a moral high ground.

Yes, I do think about the fact that an animal was slaughtered for my comfort when I do sit on an item made from an animal – and I think to myself – is it necessary for this particular comfort for a living creature to die? In the case of what I sit on – the answer is a clear cut no.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I’m always amused (not really) by the whiny liberals who assume that I either have no idea, or am somehow uncomfortably ignoring, how my steak ended up on my plate. As if I would suddenly swear off all animal products the minute I saw a cow being slaughtered.

I know exactly how it got there, and I know how the eggs got there too. And here’s a newsflash — I’m good with it.

When you convince sharks, lions, spiders, and eagles to graze, then you can come talk to me about it.

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Ditto about everything said about abortion above. If banners of mutilated babies can’t be shown on campuses, then neither can pamphlets of mutilated cows.

In an effort to mend fences, PETA has offered to provide staff and students at Calabash Elementary with Tofutti Cuties—delicious dairy-free ice cream sandwiches.

So, their apology is only intended to further brainwash the kids? The parents should be suing the schools for forcefeeding this junk.

blammm on February 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Know who slaughters a whole heckuva lot of puppies and kitties?

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Wolves? Coyotes? Bear?

BTW, what is the plural of bear…?

JohnGalt23 on February 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Yes, I do think about the fact that an animal was slaughtered for my comfort when I do sit on an item made from an animal – and I think to myself – is it necessary for this particular comfort for a living creature to die? In the case of what I sit on – the answer is a clear cut no.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

*shrug* When I use one of the many leather items in my household, I think. I’m so glad this material didn’t go to waste….but whatever floats your boat.

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

o, their apology is only intended to further brainwash the kids?

blammm on February 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Exactly. It’s disingenuous.

aunursa on February 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Whenever I read a sanctimonious letter or blog post by PETA or other animal rights extremists, I always make it a point to eat a little extra meat to make up for a vegetarian. To make up for a vegan I have add extra dairy, eggs, and honey to my diet.

aunursa on February 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, nice explanation. And PETA has so much credibility.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

No offense meant, but let’s face it, you are surrounded with the by-products of animal “murder” everyday, everywhere you go.

For example:

-Marshmallows and Jello use animal derived gelatin. In fact gelatin is in Pop Tarts, Skittles, gum, ice cream, yogurt, and frosting of any kind.

-Plastic bags have a “slip” ingredient from animal fat.

-Most cheeses contain an ingredient called rennet but is usually listed as an enzyme, and rennet comes from veal calves.

-Your charcoal water filter more than likely contains bone-char derived from ground animal bones.

-Do you enjoy wine or alcohol? Many of them are clarified with isinglass taken from fish swim bladders.

-Your bike and car tires have an ingredient called stearic acid. Yep, from animals. Oh yeah, that acid also used in the fireworks you enjoy on July 4th.

-Fabric softener. Tallow. Usually from horses.

-Toothpaste. Refined sugar. Yep, refined with animal stuff.

You are SURROUNDED by it and I’ll bet you utilize some or all of the short list I produced.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The ETHICAL part of PETA is, in typical liberal fashion, the exact opposite of what they really mean. These people will put broken glass and nails down on hunting trails to injure the feet of hunting dogs. Of course, these booby traps are not smart enough to not injure all of the animals that cross them but that does not conflict with their ethics nor is it against their concept of ethical treatment of animals. They do not have enough ethics to leave children alone, either.

evie1949 on February 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Yes, I do think about the fact that an animal was slaughtered for my comfort when I do sit on an item made from an animal – and I think to myself – is it necessary for this particular comfort for a living creature to die? In the case of what I sit on – the answer is a clear cut no.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

*shrug* When I use one of the many leather items in my household, I think. I’m so glad this material didn’t go to waste….but whatever floats your boat.

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

When you say “go to waste” – what does that mean? For the vast majority of the animals that we consume – they are specifically bred, fast grown/fed/plumped based upon the intense demand for eating them. Leather/skin is a by product of that food demand. So when you say waste – this is generally not a cow who lived a long and enjoyable life on a family farm, died naturally and then it’s remains are being used in a practical manner (which is something that I have zero problem with for what it is worth).

One might argue that the ‘waste’ is that the animals were quickly grown, trapped in strictly confined spaces to be slaughtered in the first place… some never even seeing the light of day. Just saying… ‘FOOD’ for thought =)

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I’m always amused (not really) by the whiny liberals who assume that I either have no idea, or am somehow uncomfortably ignoring, how my steak ended up on my plate. As if I would suddenly swear off all animal products the minute I saw a cow being slaughtered.

I know exactly how it got there, and I know how the eggs got there too. And here’s a newsflash — I’m good with it.

Here’s a newsflash — not everyone is you. There are plenty of people who try to block out the obvious, and plenty more who are unaware of the not-so-obvious. For example, this incident was in response to a demonstration on dairy, but I doubt that demonstration pointed out that you can’t have the modern dairy industry without a veal industry. Considering that a large proportion of the population eats meat and dairy but avoids veal, PETA probably thinks they can make inroads with those people. (For other types of food, such as poultry and eggs, seeing the reality versus the ideal can also change persuadable minds. Even you might change your mind about commercial eggs if you saw the conditions they’re produced in. Probably not, though; stubbornness is a mighty thing.)

Anyway, while PETA handing out graphic material to kids might seem like the type of inflammatory action they’re infamous for, good for them for personally responding to that accusation rather than just letting the controversy play out.

calbear on February 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Does the school allow anyone to distribute leaflets to their students without supervision..?

d1carter on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

PETA is probably pretty upset at the volunteers. The brainwashing of the children is supposed to occur under the radar. Get them while they’re yound and you have lifetime recruits. I can’t tell you how many times I had to fight the environmentalist wacko BS that was fed to my kids in their public school indoctrination. PETA wasn’t up to speed back then fortunately.

TXclassic on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Shouldn’t PETA be saving dogs in Sochi Indonesia from Barry Soetoro’s family?

bettycooper on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Steve Z on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Whenever I read a sanctimonious letter or blog post by PETA or other animal rights extremists, I always make it a point to eat a little extra meat to make up for a vegetarian. To make up for a vegan I have add extra dairy, eggs, and honey to my diet.

aunursa on February 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I would be interested to hear what part of my conversation here was ‘sanctimonious’ .. or why because I made comments asking about (when IS the right time to tell young people about the realities of where meat comes from and how that meat is ‘harvested’ IS and how that compares to other important topics like s*x education’s appropriateness etc…) that it was that in your mind brands me as an ‘extremist’…

Your post is shallow and smells strongly of the same unthinking nature of many a liberal media member who sneers and labels and stereotypes anyone who might dare to postulate a non-mainstream thought that you may have not considered nor care to give thought to. Sometimes thinking things through is not a bad thing and slightly differing views are cause for pondering before giving a thoughtful reply…. perhaps the liberals are no different than you no? Bashing and sneering at thoughts that may not quite line up with their own.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

gave students kid-friendly comic books about the dairy industry that contained a more graphic leaflet intended for adults

Then it wasn’t kid friendly. Spin away.

Patriot Vet on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

I would to like protest by eating at chickflia. It will piss of liberals and PETA alike.

PS: My religion restricts me from eating beef.

Indian_Conservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Didn’t any of the volunteers raise the question on how these images might affect the children?

One must conclude, based upon this and PETA’s past controversial activities, that eating meat actually improves your intelligence. Vegetarianism certainly isn’t helping PETA in the “common sense” department.

Kingfisher on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You saying that squeamish people should stop buying dairy too?

Yes. If your vision of where milk comes from is happy Bessie frolicking in a clover patch, then you’re lying to yourself. Cows are large, stupid, unpleasant creatures maintained in unpleasant conditions by people who have unpleasant, thankless jobs. If that fact bothers you then switch to soy milk. The world is under no obligation to maintain your illusions.

Fabozz on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Free “delicious” dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches? Ehhh… No thanks.

border hawk on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Katie Arth of PETA says that it may have all just been an innocent mix up.

“PETA creates material for kids and for adults,” Arth said. “And it looks like there was just a mistake and our volunteers put the materials together to get them out quicker.”

And yet when you go to PETA’s site it’s listed under Literature–>PETA Kids.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

PETA shouldn’t be complaining about the treatment of cows. They tend to live longer than bulls.

Steve Z on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Free “delicious” dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches? Ehhh… No thanks

What else do you think they do with the discarded styrofoam?

Kingfisher on February 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

No offense meant, but let’s face it, you are surrounded with the by-products of animal “murder” everyday, everywhere you go.

For example:

-Marshmallows and Jello use animal derived gelatin. In fact gelatin is in Pop Tarts, Skittles, gum, ice cream, yogurt, and frosting of any kind.

-Plastic bags have a “slip” ingredient from animal fat.

-Most cheeses contain an ingredient called rennet but is usually listed as an enzyme, and rennet comes from veal calves.

-Your charcoal water filter more than likely contains bone-char derived from ground animal bones.

-Do you enjoy wine or alcohol? Many of them are clarified with isinglass taken from fish swim bladders.

-Your bike and car tires have an ingredient called stearic acid. Yep, from animals. Oh yeah, that acid also used in the fireworks you enjoy on July 4th.

-Fabric softener. Tallow. Usually from horses.

-Toothpaste. Refined sugar. Yep, refined with animal stuff.

You are SURROUNDED by it and I’ll bet you utilize some or all of the short list I produced.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

You are spot on – it is very hard to avoid taking part in the animal byproducts/products industry. I am allergic to dairy to start with so I am familiar with the daily effort required to avoid consuming it.

It is quite a lot like entertainment choices in that regard – maybe I like to watch a football game now and again… but when I do… I am supporting the anti gun pro homosexual NFL and ESPN/NBC/CBS/FOX .. maybe I want to watch Sherlock… but PBS is a propaganda fountain….

The fact is that the root of the situation may be partly one of ignorance to the realities of how meat/animal product (eggs, dairy, cheese etc…) comes from animal to the dinner plate – byproducts come forth from that main demand use.

Again – I was not really trying to head down this conversational path – if anyone cares to scroll up to see my first post… but since the rabbit trail’s been made…

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Well now that I think about it I suppose enduring a broadhead 4-blade to the neck, running a few yards through the forest in shock, collapsing in a heap, and finally having a .22 slug shot into your brain is preferable to taking a quick air-hammer shot to the forehead.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

‘Tofutti’?
That’d make a meat eater out of anyone.

verbaluce on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Good grief, there are some troubled minds on this planet!

Question for the word spinners: when a shark eats a human, is it murder?

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Has anyone found pictures of what the inside of the book looks like? I can’t view the video from here.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Free “delicious” dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches? Ehhh… No thanks.

border hawk on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Oh – those are delicious – each summer I treat myself to one pack of those – sooooo good.

Even better is the stuff made with almond milk – now that stuff is delicious and it is good for you (does not have some of the side effects that soy may or may not have).

Anyway – although I am loath to trot out this phrase… here I go: “don’t knock it until you try it”. With regard to the delicious ice cream sandwiches made by Soydelicious or Tutti Frutti anyway!

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Typical. In the apology letter she still couldn’t resist preaching about what’s right for your kids. It’s a CYA non apology.

Minnfidel on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

If PETA wants to target kids for their campaign, they should be working through parents rather than around them, and schools should know better.

Because our children belong to the government. Duh.

besser tot als rot on February 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Good grief, there are some troubled minds on this planet!

Question for the word spinners: when a shark eats a human, is it murder?

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Troubled or Thoughtful?

Sure – if it is premeditated… that’s the definition of murder. Since you like to use ‘terms’ and all right?

That is nature’s course/fallen/sinful world – I would put forth that the ability to use whatever defenses that were given to the animal (speed, kicking/hiding etc..) are unnaturally taken away when you line them up trapped on a conveyer belt and send them through the old shredder… something a little ‘unnatural’ about that compared to say.. the wolf trying to run down a deer and the deer outrunning them no?

Or can you not see the difference between mass slaughter of truly defenseless animals and hunting for food/use reasons? Just asking – because if you do not see the difference, I would encourage you to take a long hard look to inform yourself.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

PETA can kiss my GRITS! (wait……………does a corn plant feel pain?)

/sarcOFF

Katfish on February 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The fact is that the root of the situation may be partly one of ignorance to the realities of how meat/animal product (eggs, dairy, cheese etc…) comes from animal to the dinner plate – byproducts come forth from that main demand use.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Not sure it would make much of a difference, 6 billion people and counting and everyone needs to eat.

But I’ll end this on a light note:

As I like to remind vegetarians, my food poops on your food.

-_-

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Even better is the stuff made with almond milk

I must admit that almond milk tastes pretty good. Not a good as dairy but I’ll use it for cereal if it’s the only milk available.

I avoid soy milk altogether because I hear that it contains large amounts of estrogen. I’m worried if I drink large quantities I’ll have desires of wearing footie pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and praising Obamacare.

Kingfisher on February 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

glidingone just needs a nice, juicy cheeseburger topped with bacon to lighten the hell up….

tyketto on February 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

And PETA… if you’re reading this… I think you are a vile organization made up of disgusting people.

tyketto on February 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The fact is that the root of the situation may be partly one of ignorance to the realities of how meat/animal product (eggs, dairy, cheese etc…) comes from animal to the dinner plate – byproducts come forth from that main demand use.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Not sure it would make much of a difference, 6 billion people and counting and everyone needs to eat.

But I’ll end this on a light note:

As I like to remind vegetarians, my food poops on your food.

-_-

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:56 AM

=) or Your food poops ‘out’! my food!

Yes 6 billion people need to gain nourishment – the difficult question is more-so – what does that nourishment come from & does it need to come at the expense/pain/suffering of a living creature by the millions. But many folks will not even take the time to consider that thought – it threatens their daily taste bud enjoyment. And that taste enjoyment oftentimes trumps any conscience, natural disgust when it comes to mass production of meat.
For what it is worth – I’ll trudge along with the non-popular opinion – someone has to do it =)

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

You mean to tell me that steaks come from slaughtered cows??? Who knew?

jczhs on February 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Best take on animal welfare I’ve ever read from one of my personal heroes, animal husbandry specialist Temple Grandin:

Animals are not things

If you don’t want to read it, I’ll nutshell it for you here.

Animals are not things, but they are property. We have dominion over them, but because of this we also have responsibility. Put another way, there are things we could do to an inanimate object — a screwdriver, for example — that we should not do to a cow or pig. And animals have varying levels of capability of feeling pain, as evidenced by their ability to avoid it. We don’t have the same responsibility to a worm that we would have to a cow, pig, or dog.

Also worth mentioning, Temple Grandin has won awards from Peta for her animal welfare work. ;) Ciao, vegan wusses.

gryphon202 on February 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

When a shark eats a human, it intended to so do, because that is what a shark does.

Humans, preferring a varied diet, tend to eat meat in various forms, along with vegetables, etc. We have been doing this for a very long time – to our improvement.

Mass slaughter is more efficient in the gathering of food/usage – I have no problems with that. I also have no problem with NOT applying human emotions to my dinner.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

If PETA wants to target kids for their campaign, they should be working through parents rather than around them, and schools should know better.

Precisely. And this goes for you too, DoE.

CycloneCDB on February 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Once PETA can explain why I need canne teeth to eat tofu, I’ll consider everything else they have to say. Until then, I’ll go on believing that God gave them to me to eat steak.

CycloneCDB on February 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

glidingone just needs a nice, juicy cheeseburger topped with bacon to lighten the h*ll up….

tyketto on February 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I know, I know… it’s painful to think through things & consider them from different perspectives isn’t it – don’t even try… it’s too much effort – just trudge along with the masses – you’ll fit right in with this current version and apparent future version of America!

Even better is the stuff made with almond milk

I must admit that almond milk tastes pretty good. Not a good as dairy but I’ll use it for cereal if it’s the only milk available.

I avoid soy milk altogether because I hear that it contains large amounts of estrogen. I’m worried if I drink large quantities I’ll have desires of wearing footie pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and praising Obamacare.

Kingfisher on February 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

LOL! I share your concerns about becoming pajama boy. Just FYI – a more recent somewhat impartial study debunked that particular myth about soymilk (the dairy industry likes to commission such studies and puts them forth with great glee…) Never mind that the studies on what is actually in dairy can be gross and unhealthy and that almond milk has more calcium than dairy milk is inconvenient to them) Big business and all that – crush the competition.

glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

PeTA has long targeted kids with abhorrent material: http://tinyurl.com/8yvgq

BLOC on February 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I would be interested to hear what part of my conversation here was ‘sanctimonious’
glidingone on February 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The part where you assume that consumers don’t know what happens to the animals that become the meat that we eat and wear. What you don’t seem to consider or accept is that we DO know what happens … and we still CHOOSE to eat beef lamb and pork and poultry, and we still CHOOSE to wear leather shoes and leather and fur coats.

If you’re against meat, don’t eat it. If you’re against leather or fur, don’t wear it. But you’re patronizing attitude that consumers aren’t aware of the conditions of animals before and during the process by which they become hamburgers and buffalo wings and shoes is condescending.

aunursa on February 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Doesn’t bother me. My grandson watched me gut, skin, and cut up rabbits and squirrels. He watched me kill, gut, and de-hair a small pig. He watched the pig smoke on the smoker and ate it later. It is what it is. Little kids are smarter than we give them credit for. Just talk to them.

MlLlTARYMAN on February 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Squirrel!

HiJack on February 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well I would be ok with PETA handing this out to kids if we can hand out the same of abortions to every kid in sex ed.

AH_C on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Winner winner chicken dinner!

chewmeister on February 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Typical liberal/progressive attack profile. Attempt to shame those that disagree by imputing base motives to them (“sell kids on cows milk”) then act all innocent when called on it. What a bunch of hypocritical control freaks.

RadChemE on February 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

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