Wednesday, June 29, 2005

This is Why People Make Fun of PETA

The Fish Empathy Project for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called on the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach (one of the largest aquariums in the United States) to stop serving fish to its visitors, likening the practice to grilling up "poodle burgers at a dog show."

I'll be the first to admit that I found it odd that the Shedd Aquarium served fish at its restaurant. However, I did not make it a mission to remedy that bit of irony, nor did I deem it necessary to create (or join) something called the Fish Empathy Project. As far as I am concerned, if you have time to form a Fish Empathy Project, than you certainly should be able donate your time to any number of organizations, such as:

FYI, I am really not so hot on PETA anyhow. I agree that cruelty to animals is bad (and I always enjoy viewing naked protesters), but I find it mildly inconsistent to be preached to by someone (a PETA vice president) whose treatments for Type II diabetes were developed using research on dogs.