I don’t get this. PETA is mad at Clay Aiken (the American Idol star) because of something he said about cats in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. What did Clay say that was so awful? You decide:

“There’s nothing worse to me than a house cat. When I was about sixteen, I had a kitten and ran over it. Seeing that cat die, I actually think that its spirit has haunted me. I wasn’t afraid of cats before. But now they scare me to death[.]”

Clay is expressing his personal opinion about cats (an opinion which a lot of people share), and states that he ran one over when he was a teen. He doesn’t indicate whether it was an accident, but clearly he feels bad about it. He didn’t advocate running over cats, or express any pleasure in the act.

What revenge does PETA intend to take for this? An ad urging people to spay or neuter their pets, starring Triumph the Comedy Insult Dog with the line: “Get Neutered, It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken.”

PETA is delaying the ad, but threatens to run it unless Clay issues an apology.

An apology for what? I think Clay should give ’em the finger and let them run it. I mean, who fucking cares anyway? This kind of stupid extortion just makes people like PETA look like even bigger tards than they already are. I’m sure Clay can take it, and it brings disgrace on PETA to say such things unprovoked.

Stick a fork in ’em. They’re done.

5 Responses to “PETA Loses Another Of Its 3 Remaining Brain Cells”
  1. Jenn Engle says:

    Whoa. Isn’t what PETA doing considered illegal? Um… slander perhaps? A “cat” is a generic concept, but… wow… a name and and intention to defame… that’s no good…

  2. Frolicking Nomad says:

    PETA had 3 brain cells to start with? News to me. As an unabashed Jim-Hightower-style leftie, I’ve always thought these people are an embarassment to liberals everywhere.

    I used to work in an animal research lab. (Specifically, a mouse lab.) People in our facility were studying alcoholism, cancer, major developmental defects, heart disease… the list goes on and on. And yes, it’s preferable to do as much experimentation as possible on organisms like yeast and bacteria, as PETA prefers, but that’s because those systems are a) cheaper to maintain (running a mouse lab is expensive) and b) far simpler biologically. Which is, of course, precisely why you can’t study complex diseases in those systems.

    Killing the mice after the end of testing was never fun. However, because PETA had been making a fuss, our lab had to use carbon dioxide to slowly suffocate them rather than using cervical dislocation (breaking their necks), which kills much faster and therefore, to my way of thinking, more humanely. You see, the body of an animal that’s had its neck broken tends to jerk, due to the same residual electrical impulses that can cause a beheaded chicken to move around. But that looks like the animal might be in pain, so instead we had to use the carbon dioxide, which, while relatively painless, is not a kind death.

    I’m all for animal rights and the ethical treatment of animals. I loathe PETA and will continue to do so until they get their collective head out of their collective ass.

  3. Anne Haight says:

    My mother used to work in the Mouse House in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, so I have gotten a similar perspective from her regarding animal cruelty and laboratory experimentation.

    Lab mice are ideal for experiments related to human biology because their immune systems are nearly identical to ours, they breed quickly (short generations), don’t take up a lot of space, and don’t get infections from unsterilized instruments.

    She said they were never needlessly cruel to their animals, and when the experiments were done, they were allowed to live out their natural lives comfortably. If they were suffering, they were humanely killed. She said those mice had better working conditions than the employees who handled them, because it’s crucial to experimental control for the living environment to be as clean and uniform as possible.

    It’s also from her that I received the perspective that releasing laboratory animals into the wild is extremely irresponsible and dangerous for reasons that have nothing to do with the animals’ safety or comfort. The mice in the Mouse House were often subjected to chemical or radiological mutations, and if released into the wild could spread those genetic mutations into the local population, or spread whatever disease they might have. This is Bad(TM) for obvious reasons.

    So like Frolicking Nomad, I understand the need for animal experimentation without necessarily taking any delight their suffering, nor would I cause animals harm without purpose.

  4. Rebecca says:

    “If Clay Aiken intends on staying famous, he has to learn to take a joke,” said Dan Mathews, vice president of the Norfolk, Va.-based animal rights group.

    If you were to ask me, I would say that PETA is the only group of individuals in this story who need to learn to take a joke. Seriously. The guy accidentally ran over his cat.

  5. Gaspar Mingha says:

    Guys… please. Could we stop bashing PETA please? There is enough bashing in this world as it is, and unfortunately a lot of it is by close-minded people against defenseless animals. I’m not talking about animals being treated humanely… I’m talking about cruelty (like running over a cat). That’s what Peta is against.

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