Mods, please feel free to combine this with the other PETA threads out there.
Last night I watched this HBO documentary about Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder of PETA. Being that this is a site devoted to companion animal ownership I had my ear tuned towards her feelings about that very subject. The rest for me was filler.
My main issue with this subject is with what Newkirk decided to do with a dog she "rescued". Being that she goes out once a month to give dogs shelters I figured that she'd have some sort of back up plan in place if she found a dog in crisis. Being that PETA is for the ethical treatment of animals an all. However, I was wrong. Newkirk found a dog that had anemia and heartworm. She then told the owner that she'd take the dog to a vet so they could look at options. Being that I've been on TCS for coming close to two years I know that treatment exists for these afflictions. However, Newkirk's first response was to have the dog PTS. No treatment was planned. No "good" home found. That made me REALLY angry. This dog could have been saved but according to Newkirk it wasn't worth it.
With that aside (I know... I'm asking a lot of you) I have to say that Newkirk is like a lot of people I know. The main difference is that Newkirk doesn't seem to know where the line is. She has no qualms about showing pictures of slaughter houses along side of pictures of the Holocaust. She also has no qualms about throwing red dye on a $10,000 one of a kind fur skirt in a Paris shop.
Now, my friends would chain themselves to the front of the Paris shop, or simply show pictures of the slaughter house. The line is a pesky thing, but it does still keep up people's respect. This is Newkirk's flaw. She's taken PETA from an organization that had respect and boiled it down to sound clips on the evening news. PETA has suffered from it. My hope is that Newkirk will one day step down, and the new head will re-examine PETA's role in the media.