Amanda Beard, a swimmer on the US Olympic team, was to do the unveiling at an event that was to be held in a private room at a nearby hotel but for some reason, the hotel was locked down due to "security reasons." Instead, the event was held at the gates of the athlete's village. The event took place to not only help draw attention to the cruelty in the Chinese fur trade, but to inform & educate on the cruelty of the fur trade worldwide. Amanda did some press coverage, and it was all done in a positive way. Well done on this one PETA.
The next news story generated by PETA a couple of days later just sickened me.
This is all in reference to the horror story that struck the Canadian media with such force, people are still talking about it. On July 30, 2008, on a Greyhound bus travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg, Tim McLean was sleeping in his seat when the passenger beside him stabbed him repeatedly and decapitated him. You can read here the report when the story first broke.
As the days went on, more and more information came to light. There were news stories about the attacker. And there were news stories about the victim. It is such a horrifying, sad, disturbing story.
Then the Westboro Baptist Church (who's only members are the founder and members of his own family) and that nutty Shirley Phelps-Roper were coming to picket the funeral. They were going to carry signs that said "God Hates You" and "God Hates Canada".
As if Tim McLean's family and friends didn't have enough to deal with, PETA comes out with a new campaign, playing on this whole event.
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It's things like this, or that terrible campaign about the Holocaust, that totally discredit PETA and has the general public thinking they're a bunch of radical kooks. It's such a shame that all of the good work they have done is overshadowed by this kind of shock media. They even tried to purchase space to run the ad in the Winnipeg Sun! Click here.
Would this campaign make anyone think twice about going veg? I certainly don't think so.