Naked Aggression: Factory Farming. Naked Compassion: PETA interns. [NSFW]

Via on Oct 3, 2008

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I don’t care what Alex says. After seeing the below pics, I wanna intern for PETA.

Finally, animal rights, being vegetarian or vegan and compassion is NSFW.

peta nakedI’ve been a vegetarian for six plus years (yes, I think I’m morally superior to you and my former factory farm meat eating self—as a famous philosopher says, mercy is the greatest and least used human attribute, and the most precious quality that distinguishes us from the animal realm.

Still, I don’t like to talk about why I’m vegetarian come dinner-time—I encourage my staff and friends to know whether their meat is free-range or sustainably harvested, and hopefully relatively clone, GMO and mercury-free. But beyond that, I don’t get all up in their faces, as (most infamously) the crazies at PETA do. PETA is your classic strident, we’re 100% right and you’re 100% wrong unless you agree with us 100% organization (I happen to agree with them 100%).

So it’s with open arms that I welcome their more fun, less gruesome (check out their videos, if you eat meat—you’ll never order non-free-range again) attempts to get the animal compassion message across. They’ve taken care of Vick’s abused dogs, they’ve helped huge chains (all of ‘em: KFC, McDonalds, Wendy’s…) improve the way they source their meat and they’ve exposed some truly horrible practices (dumping male chicks in trash cans, throwing them away; stripping animals of flesh or dunking in hot oil while still alive; you have to see it to believe it).peta naked

Still, it’s with mixed feelings that I see their use of nudity, mostly female, to get across the mercy message. Do we really have to sugercoat the bitter eat-no-meat pill with sex to get folks to change their ways? The answer is, sometimes, yes.

That said, I have no mixed feelings about posting this. I know it’ll get lots of traffic (from 12-year-old vegan boys?), bringing in new readers who, hopefully, will go on to read our less sexy, equally worthwhile content.

Let the naked protests begin:

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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26 Responses to “Naked Aggression: Factory Farming. Naked Compassion: PETA interns. [NSFW]”

  1. sarah says:

    ah yes peta….as a vegan i am all to familiar
    but what i want to see is the counter protests of burley hairy potbellied meat eaters….naked eating a burger….yes

    • Katie says:

      You can see them every day, at "certain" fast food chains or waddling up to the all-you-can-eat buffets…. Yikes! Big bellies hanging over belts, fists full of burgers and fries w. shake on the side. Potbellies en masse!

  2. Thanks for this thoughtful article, Waylon. I hope readers follow the links. They tell the rest of your story.

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  9. liz says:

    all i can think about is – where are the ugly interns and how did PETA break it to them that they weren't allowed to do the naked love-in float gig? sitting in the office crying into their coconut bliss?

    • codabun says:

      Seriously! This may be progressive in the sense that animals are finally being represented, but why only by young, gorgeous, naked PETA interns? Are we sure this wasn't just an excuse for hot chicks to get naked? I'm worried the statement they're making is distracted by the sex-appeal of these protests. I just don't see the connection. Faux fur, might have made a more direct connection… or maybe some really hairy naked people? Slogan: Wear your own fur, not someone else's. That makes sense. But all these boys and girls look pretty clean-shaven to me.

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  14. karl says:

    meat is good and will always be good cause it helps us live and u people with restraunts and low price store don't and will never understand that. cause if u want to survive out here meat is part of our diet

  15. Alice2112 says:

    THE EIGHT SECRETS OF HOW PETA WORKS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNUPJVCL8_I

    A great video explaining why PETA uses such "crazy" tactics. You gotta hand it to them, their list of accomplishments every year is a mile long. Check their annual reports – a very impressive, tightly run nonprofit.

    They are just fighting fire with fire. And it WORKS. Go PETA!

  16. Yuska says:

    I'm all for PETA, but I think they can be quite sexist in their campaigns.

  17. top 10 says:

    Cutest hat ever. Can’t wait to make it. Just one question, directions call for two sizes of dpns. Which part is for which dpn? Did I miss this somewhere?

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  20. Risa says:

    "PETA is your classic strident, we’re 100% right and you’re 100% wrong unless you agree with us 100% organization (I happen to agree with them 100%)."
    MMmmm… Can't do it.
    Why?
    Consider the fact that 99% of the [pet] animals PETA "saves" are euthanized- and these are HEALTHY, ADOPTABLE animals- I cannot support them 100%. I can applaud their use of the media to get their points across. I can even agree with SOME of the points. But to destroy the lives of animals and rob them of the sanctity of life, while on the other hand protesting in favor of others… Doesn't sit well with me.

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  22. Nuchal says:

    Surprised you posted this, because PETA is obviously sexist in their campaign ads. I would NOT INTERN there for that reason. They contribute to the culture of commodifying women's bodies. Also, imagine if you swapped these 'attractive' white girls for women of color? They would never do this, because women of color not so long ago were considered animals/property, to be owned, like, for reals (not just pretending women are property/meat for an ad campaign).
    PETA= hypocrisy at its best. It makes me think twice about my description to elephant journal

  23. LAF says:

    you lost me at "morally superior" ;-)

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