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February 3, 2010

I fucking hate PETA. I could go on for hours and hours as to why, but I’ll spare you that particular diatribe this afternoon. For today, I see signs of hope.

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency today banned a proposed PETA ad featuring a notorious North Londoner who beat a child to death, saying it was exploitative. Which it is. But PETA’s advertising is often exploitative, so this is nothing new, and the fact that they would use the murder of a baby to further their cause really isn’t surprising. Which says something – I think it would be pretty surprising if just about any other international organisation found a good use for baby killing – so well done you for setting yourselves apart. But I digress.

The ad was to read:

Steven Barker: animal abuser, baby abuser, rapist. People who are violent towards animals rarely stop there.

So here’s the part I find hopeful: the way this is phrased, it actually seems to imply that animal abuse might be slightly less heinous than abusing babies and raping people. Not that I’m in the habit of ranking horrific acts over my lunch break, but it seems like progress for PETA to admit that animals might not come out tops in this particular trio.

Now if only they’d walk back their suggestion of milking women instead of cows…

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