City and child advocacy officials are calling foul on animal rights group PETA, after it announced Friday it plans to purchase a billboard in Camden that would portray a baby with a collar and chained by the neck.
According PETA, the billboard will read “Cruel! Kids don’t belong in chains. Dogs don’t either.”
The group said the message is in reaction to Tuesday’s arrest of a Camden mother, Florence M. Pollard, and her boyfriend, Brian L. Craig of Blackwood, for allegedly keeping her son chained to a radiator in her bedroom for two weeks.
“Just as abused children suffer psychologically as well as physically, so do chained dogs, who are subjected to everything from temperature extremes to attacks by abusers to mind-numbing loneliness,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch, in a statement released Friday morning. “We call on all guardians to allow their dogs indoors — year-round.”
“It’s pretty unfortunate that they would choose an incident like this to get their message across,” said Robert Corrales, spokesman for Mayor Dana Redd’s office. “Something like this is not to be used as a gimmick or in a marketing campaign — it’s very serious.
In response, a spokeswoman for PETA stated the group hopes the billboard, and the 10-year-old victim’s ordeal, will spur people to report similar abuse toward dogs and other animals.
“People feel helpless about the situation involving the child in the news so our hope is that they will see this as an opportunity to do something to help when they see dogs chained,” said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. “Keeping a child chained is chilling and criminal; dogs treated similarly suffer just as much.
One Black woman interviewed by local news said she was uncomfortable with any ad showing a chain around a human neck ( see interview here)
A few years ago billboard companies refused to put up a PETA ad that linked a mother’s microwaving of her 28-day-old baby with the cooking of meat.
“We understand why our message — that most of the animals killed for human consumption are innocent babies who feel pain and fear just as humans do — might be upsetting,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a Tuesday email. “We encourage anyone who is troubled by the comparison between a baby human and a baby pig to clear their conscience by adopting a humane, vegan diet.”
The billboard was to feature two images: a mother pig nuzzling her piglet and a person about to place a pork chop in a microwave oven. The text reads “Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby. Go Vegan.”
PETA Claims to remain neutral on other issues like abortion – but many of their supporters agree with child killing. In this stunt– pro-lifers compared their graphic antics with pro-life graphic images:
PETA – the animal rights activist group previously staged a pro-vegan publicity stunt at the intersection of W. 45th Street and Broadway in New York City’s Times Square. Peta poses as human-sized, plastic-swaddled “meat” trays bedecked with stickers proclaiming, “Billions of Animals Are Abused and Violently Killed Because You Eat Meat.”
On the other hand – when pro-lifers hold graphic images – they are showing REAL blood and death of Humans (Example below)
PETA’s Official Stand on abortion is to hide their eyes and “See no evil” – they see violence against animals and want all of us to react – but they keep silent when they see violence against unborn children:
“Where does the animal rights movement stand on abortion?”
Previous PETA Stunts included Human BBQ:
The public relations staff of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) must think themselves very clever, in an effort to grab the attention of Americans preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, the animal rights group “barbequed” a topless woman in downtown Houston on a fake grill adorned with the slogan, “Meat Is Murder.”
Matthew Hennesey of First Things Blog asked: When I saw photos of the stunt, I thought to myself, “If PETA are this worried about the ‘murder’ of cows and pigs they must really get hot about the murder of innocent human babies.” I supposed I wasn’t the first person to have had the thought, but I was surprised to find an entire entry in the Frequently Asked Questions section of PETA’s website:PETA does not have a position on the abortion issue, because our focus as an organization is the alleviation of the suffering inflicted on nonhuman animals. There are people on both sides of the abortion issue in the animal rights movement, just as there are people on both sides of animal rights issues in the pro-life movement. And just as the pro-life movement has no official position on animal rights, neither does the animal rights movement have an official position on abortion.
SHARK IN THE WATER:
PETA ‘Payback Is Hell‘ ad aimed at Florida shark attack victim causing feeding frenzy of outrage
A planned advertisement from the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that implies a shark-attack victim deserved his injuries has had the effect of chum in the water for the group’s critics.
The proposed billboard features a great white shark biting into a severed human leg, with the jarring slogan, “PAYBACK IS HELL. GO VEGAN.”
But there is a catch: PETA hasn’t found a home for the ad. It is trying to put the advertisement up on Anna Maria Island in Florida, where a local man was mauled by a bull shark while spear-fishing Saturday.
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“With sharks in the news, we thought it would be a good time to bring up the fact that sharks are not actually the most dangerous predators on the planet – we are,” PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne told the News.