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Peta Peta appears to have a very simple strategy when it comes to campaigning for animal rights: The campaign group has a long tradition of using models and celebrities to catch the eyes of the indifferent and its latest poster runs with this theme to the extreme. This time we see a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader called Bonnie-Jill Laflinwho now acts as the NBA's only female scoutposing naked in a locker room with a caption asking: A meat-free diet promotes good health and protects against numerous diseases, including heart disease, cancer, strokes, and diabetes. Vegetarians and vegans typically weigh 10 to 20 pounds less and live six to 10 years longer than their carnivorous counterparts.
Scientists have also found that vegetarians and vegans have stronger immune systems than their meat-eating friends. Laflin also explains why she agreed to do the poster: I hope after seeing this campaign that people will … want to go to peta. So when you see these animals being slaughtered and tortured, that you'll think twice about ordering that steak. I don't have too many quibbles with the notion that eating a vegetarian or meat-reduced diet can have significant health benefits. However, I do have a problem with Peta presenting the idea that by becoming vegetarian you can somehow "get" Laflin's body.
Presumably, the reason Laflin has the body offered to us in the poster Naked lady posters very little to do with the exclusion of dead animals from her diet, but Naked lady posters of her genetic Naked lady posters and the fact that she exercises every day of her life, as she admitted Naked lady posters a recent ESPN interview. Working out is an important part of my daily lifestyle. I do weight training, pilates and the bar method. Another far larger Naked lady posters with the ad — and it hardly needs pointing out - is its blatant sexism.
It is insulting on a number of levels. First, we have a woman being used as a piece of meat to urge people not to eat pieces of meat. Perhaps this is some kind of post-modern, cultural subversion thing that has gone completely over my head? But, sorry, I just don't see it. Third, this is not the first time Peta and Laflin have combined to produce such an ad. Inshe was filmed lying on a tablebut that time she was wearing something. Admittedly, it was little more than dental floss and lip gloss, but it seems to suggest that the creatives at Peta thought that they should go even further in their next campaign rather than have a re-think. So, who exactly is Peta trying to reach with this style of poster?
I can't believe that it only wants to turn year-old jocks into vegetarians. I would guess that Peta has a disproportionately strong female following, so doesn't this poster risk alienating supporters rather than attracting new advocates? If it really is just about making a noise then, well done Peta, I've played into your hands. But I seriously doubt whether this poster wins friends and influences people in quiet the way you might have imagined. The mission of Peta and our affiliates is to get the animal rights message out to as many people as possible. This is not always an easy task.
Unlike our opposition, animal charities don't have millions to spend on advertising, so we have to be creative. We will do provocative things to get the word out about animals in trouble because we have learned from experience that the media usually do not consider the bare facts alone "interesting" enough to talk about. The bare breasts are another story. It is silly to make generalisations as to how feminists feel about disrobing in order to bring attention to the horrendous cruelty in the factory farming industry. I am a feminist who strips for Peta. Peta is made up largely of passionate feminists, and our managing director, who is 62 and has stripped several times for the cause, marched for women's rights when she was in her teens.
This isn't Afghanistan under the Taliban — it's the free world, which surely means that women are free to use our minds and bodies as political instruments to bring attention to animal suffering without having a finger wagging at us or being told, "Behave and cover yourself up this minute! We and our affiliates have prompted designers — including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood and Betsey Johnson — to shun fur; compelled Unilever, one of the world's largest tea manufacturers, to stop testing its tea products on animals; and helped to get plans scrapped for a "super-dairy" in Lincolnshire, saving thousands of cows from a life of pain and suffering. However you feel about them, our campaigns are effective in getting the message out, generating discussion on these issues, and bringing about change.
History looks back approvingly on Lady Godiva. Peta's modern-day "Godivas" are just as honorable in the pursuit of the ethical treatment of animals. I thank Fort for taking the time to respond. But I can only reiterate that my objection is not because the poster contains "bare breasts", or that a woman has chosen to strip naked for the campaign. Call me a finger-wagging Taliban if you must, but I fail to see how this advances the feminist cause you say you advocate.
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A meat-free diet promotes good health and protects against numerous diseases, including heart disease, cancer, strokes, and diabetes. It is silly to make generalisations as to how feminists feel about disrobing in order to bring attention to the horrendous cruelty in the factory farming industry.
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But, sorry, I just don't see it. Call me a finger-wagging Taliban if you must, but I fail to see how this advances the feminist cause you say you advocate. Third, this is not the first time Peta and Laflin have combined to produce such an ad.