Say it ain’t so, PETA?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 30, 2011
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Hunh. I’ve heard some of this before…but it’s hard to understand how PETA isn’t, of all things, sincere in their love for animals. Context, anyone?


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & 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. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “Say it ain’t so, PETA?”

  1. Species 5618 says:

    What is “sincere love”? Why is there no source from peta itself? “Serious domestic terrorists”? (As if drunk driving, Big Pharma and “privitization” schemes are just cool breezes on a warm day.) Infographics like these only show why PETA is so successful: they push against the cruel and ignorant, who can only respond with ignorance.

  2. missbernklau says:

    "Personally, I don't support PETA because I'm not into trying to control the world. Living up to my own integrity is more my schtick." Amen Katherine.

  3. Vegan Gadfly says:

    First, who is the source of the infographic? Stuff like this should never be spread around without proper citation.

    Second, it is important to understand that PETA does not own nor operate a shelter. They, from what I am told, only take in mostly unadoptable animals. And, saying they only spend 1% of their money on animals is a lie. They have a whole department dedicated to improving the lives of animals in shelters. They also conduct many undercover investigations into companies/organizations/individuals who abuse animals.

    All that said, this whole thing should have been dismissed when you saw that they criticized her family planning choice.

  4. "Jenna Jameson has been photographed wearing leather" I dunno- I find this one hard to swallow (so to speak)

  5. Paul Jefferies says:

    Most of the 'facts' there no doubt originate from the Center for Consumer Freedom. A group set up with funding supplied by the animal-abuse industries. Their sole intention being to discredit any groups promoting better treatment of animals. In 2010 US shelters killed over 4,000 dogs, and over 6.000 cats every single DAY!! Just a tad more than the supposed 2,000 a year which PETA are blamed for.

  6. Suri kate says:

    The sources from wich this info is coming from are not to be trusted really … This is from is a web site affiliated with the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a front group for the restaurant, alcohol and tobacco industries. was launched in November 2001. was created by Berman & Co., a public affairs firm owned by lobbyist Rick Berman. Based in Washington, DC, Berman & Co. represents the tobacco industry as well as hotels, beer distributors, taverns, and restaurant chains.

    The same goes for the site petakillsanimals.Com and many others. I Am not a peta fan but there is a lot of missinformaton in the web so if in doubt do your own research

  7. Colin Wiseman says:

    PETA wants to remove animals from homes so that they live free lives? Really they think keeping animals as pets is wrong! My mum's Persian cat should room freely in the streets eating garbage fighting and killing other cats to survive (I've seen aristocats)…am sure daisy would survive a long time, erm, maybe not.

    Nothing wrong with pets in a strong loving caring home.

  8. Lynn Weber says:

    Personally I feel sad that so many readers appear to have been sucked into this info-graphic without so much as a quick Google search. Are we really so lazy as to believe ANYTHING that is placed before us?? I could EASILY make up worse statistics stating the veal crates are not only humane but that the calves placed in them actually like the confined space because they feel safe. Come on people…do you REALLY think that Peta wants to strip every household of their beloved persian or shitzu? No. What they want to do is keep exotic animals out of homes so they can live their lives in the wild…where they belong.

  9. Janice says:

    I live in Canada and I get some of my anti-circus info from Zoo Check.
    I assume your in the US…so referencing the Humane Society of the United States would be good.
    Born Free is also a respected org the school board may regard or even IDA (In Defence of Animals)
    Google "circus cruelty"…lots of stuff out there.

  10. KateBartolotta says:

    Thanks Janice!

  11. elephantjournal says:

    All the sources for specific points are listed at the bottom. Not sure who designed the overall poster, but there are hundreds of articles about this, and PETA itself addresses this on their site.

  12. elephantjournal says:

    We're happy to publish a complete rebuttal if anyone is interested in sending us a researched piece, just email to write at