February 28, 2003
hitler & frank perdue
where to begin with this? i guess the difference i see between the nazis and the livestock industry is that the livestock industry is not trying to exterminate all the chickens in the world.
Posted by elia at February 28, 2003 02:49 PM
Funny that, because one of the only jokes I can ever remember is one I heard a few months ago, and it goes something like this.
A guy is walking around in an unspecified city in Texas. He sees two men on a street corner, they look exactly like aged Joseph Goebbels and an elderly Adolph Hitler. The guy walks over to them and says, I'm sorry, but you guys look like you could be Goebbels and Hitler.
Goebbels says, that's because we are. Guy asks what they are doing in Texas. Goebbels turns to Hitler and looks kind of hesitant, guilty, then turns back to the guy and says, we are hatching a plot.
Guy asks what kind of plot. Goebbels explains, we are going to kill fifty cows and all the jews.
Guy says, what, I don't get it. What's with the fifty cows?
Hitler turns to Goebbels, and says, proudly,
"You see! Nobody cares about the jews!"
I ain't saying it's funny (though I'm not saying it's not), I'm just saying, what's with the fifty cows? What's with a couple million chickens?
I saw the website that PETA's got up right now and it is a little shocking. If you believe it to be right, wrong, or indifferent, people are talking about it. Deep down, the point they are making is that eating animals is destructive to the environment, our health, and the animals.
On the surface, the message they appear to be conveying states that the slaughter of animals is similar to/ same as the holocaust.
We need to remember key differences that make PETA's case a little fuzzy.
1. The holocaust was an extermination of Jews. As mentioned, no one is looking to rid the planet of chickens.
2. The reason chickens are being slaughtered is because a demand is present. If people didn't eat meat, no one would be senselessly killing chickens at this scale.
3. The mental factor. Jews, along with many other groups, were targeted and killed for some sort of ethnic cleansing. Chickens are food. Plus, where do you thing those down jackets and comforters come from? Chickens don't just shed their feathers.
4. Killing chickens is a business. The more you kill, using the least amount of resources, and the quicker you can do it, the more money you can make. I'm not saying it's right, but it's a fact.
The livestock industry is just that. "Live" stock. Human's have bred animals for use later as food since the beginning of time. Our population is overwhelming at the moment, and only getting larger. Eating chicken every once in a while wasn't a big deal a few hundred years ago, but with so many more people, each wanting a drumstick or a McNugget everyday the demand for chicken at the lowest possible price is huge.
Like I said before, the real idea behind PETA's campaign is to get people talking. They are known for shock ads, and it's just as well, if they didn't shock us we would just go about our business and never notice.
Sounds reasonable to me !