The wrong idea about animal rights…
In its quest for moral and legal equivalency, PETA has gone too far
When Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), infamously asserted in 1986, "There is no rational basis for asserting that a human being has special rights: A rat, is a pig, is a dog, is a boy," few believed that she meant it literally. Surely, people thought, Newkirk and PETA understand that humans have far greater moral worth than animals.
Actually, they don't understand that. In fact, it now appears that PETA's moral views have become so distorted and misanthropic that the organization sees no difference between eating a steak and cannibalizing a human being.
PETA's sending a vegetarian cookbook to the German cannibal as if his consuming of human flesh is no different morally than eating a pork chop, and its odious "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, illustrate the twisted moral thinking that lies at the heart of the modern animal rights/liberation movement.
Rather than promoting the more humane use of animals - a noble calling - animal liberationists see no distinction between humans and animals. Because of these distorted moral views, some are now willing to use criminal means to coerce society into accepting their ideology.
Wayta go, Ingrid, you twisted nut case!