I have a love-hate relationship with PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, aka People Eating Tasty Animals. On the one hand, I love animals, love cats, love dogs… even pit bulls! On the other hand, I love burgers and rib eye steaks, leather jackets (got several) and fur on women — unless you’re a pimp stuck in the ‘70’s no guy looks good in fur. I part company with PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk when she once told me that she puts animals ahead of humans…I don’t believe animals should be treated inhumanely, but I also believe they should be used to further research to benefit humans
And I love PETA’s creative protests. These people should moonlight as advertising execs. One of my all-time favorites was the anti-zoo “topless female” in a cage demonstration at Market Square …which I attended purely out of professional journalistic duty.
And that brings me to this…recently a viral video of the internet domain registration site Go Daddy’s top suit, Bob Parsons, shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe got the PETA people and other animal rights folks in a hissy fit. Great white hunter Parsons claims he was simply blasting away to help the villagers there because elephants eat their crops…and the villagers got to eat the meat. Problem is the animal lovers believe there are better ways to stop the marauding elephants…like using chili infused string and beehives on poles (no joke) to deter the elephants…
Here’s another idea…round ‘em up and ship them to zoos, circuses, and Disneyworld…where they’ll have plenty to eat, great care, safe from great white hunters stalking them and they’ll make the kids happy to see them. But, wait…PETA would never go along with that.
Elephant burgers anyone? Want a domain name with that?