Catholics slam PETA nude adopt-a-mutt poster
Unimpressed by angelic model's 'carefully-placed crucifix'
The Catholic League has fired a broadside against animal rights outfit PETA after the campaigning organisation decided to ask Playboy model and Dancing With The Stars contestant Joanna Krupa to whip off her kit in defence of homeless mutts:
The image - which clearly demonstrates Krupa sports no fur whatsoever - is a follow-up to a Thanksgiving Be an Angel for Animals poster which featured the model "naked from the waist up holding a dog and a rosary".
Catholic League prez Bill Donohue let rip in a statement on Tuesday in which he accused PETA of "cheap irreligious scams". He claimed that PETA actully kills "95 per cent of the adoptable pets in its care" and that cats and dogs are "a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees".
He concluded: "PETA is a fraud. It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101."
Ms Krupa wasn't going to take this lying down, and retaliated: "As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I'm doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God's creations." ®
A suitably shocked CNN yesterday pitted PETA spokeswoman Lisa Lange against Donohoe:
"..They appear to have forgotten that humans are also animals.." in reference to PeTA et al getting more publicity than human-focused charities. Well, that may be true, though for every PeTA there are likely what, thousands of charities for impoverished/etc humans?
It seems lately that I've had to go on the defense for PeTA, while I don't really even like them (too abrasive and are a bunch of attention grubbers). There are a lot of reasons to criticise PeTA but this whole mess about PeTA euthanising 95% of the pets it takes in is and always has been a hit job by the industry groups directly opposed to PeTA.
The animals the PeTA takes in are the worst-off, most-abused and neglected cases. I have worked with shelter groups and rescues and, believe me, I have seen awful cases of abuse and neglect, cases which would make any person question what is wrong with humanity as a whole. PeTA are not euthanising your neighbor Bob's healthy cat. They're euthanising the poor dog taken from an ignorant ***hole who has left it chained outside its entire life and let it develop all sorts of disease and irreparable mental/physical damage. Giving it a painless release is doing it a bleeding service. Perhaps the only nice thing that's ever been done for it.
If you want to see some of the worst that humanity is capable of, go volunteer at an animal shelter for two weeks. I challenge you. It will change your life, if you've got a heart.
"Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check."
but the catholic church doesn't?
What passes for an impartial interviewer in the states??
Talk about pushing your own agenda. Some people will go a long way to make sure they are offended on someone else's behalf by something that another person says or does.