Holey moley!! haha! P.E.T.A picked on the wrong people. They are going after fat women.
eople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with its unerring instinct for publicity and controversy, has set up a billboard in Jacksonville Florida. The billboard devises another dimension to the shopworn slogan "Save the Whales."
The billboard reads: "Save the Whales. Loose the Blubber. Go Vegetarian." The caption is next to what can be euphemistically called a "plus sized woman" who is wearing a bikini, but perhaps ought not to
PETA 'Save the Whales' Campaign Shocks and Offends
Jessica Prussia, writing for the Examiner, suggests that the billboard, which in effect compares overweight women to beached whales, is already having a negative effect. Usually PETA targets people who club seals, hunt actual whales, or who, like Michael Vick, has tortured small animals. Overweight women seem to be an oddly inoffensive target for PETA's ire. Not only are overweight people outraged, but so are feminists.
In the case of the latter, the spectacle of two left wing groups going at one another can only be a source of amusement for the rest of us.
PETA claims the vegetarians are "20 to 30 percent leaner" on the average than are people who eat meat. That is a debatable statistic. It is not entirely clear that going vegetarian is a guarantee of losing weight. While obesity has some physiological causes, most doctors and dietitians maintain that a sensible diet, that can include meat, and exercise are still the best ways to lose weight.
In any case, facts, as with most campaigns from PETA, are secondary to the real motivation of the fat woman as whale billboard. What PETA craves more than for everyone to eschew steaks and hamburgers is attention.
Whether the campaign is an attempt to frighten children about happy meals or to show pictures of slightly more attractive women eschewing the wearing of fur (and everything else) PETA is on an eternal quest to get publicity.
It is not just the exploitation of fat women that is off putting about this PETA "save the whales" campaign. One is irritated at the spectacle of a group that lives to tell people what to do and what not to do.