Written by PETA
You heard about the request for Pet Shop Boys to change their name to the Rescue Shelter Boys, right? Well the Boys aren't the only group we think could use an animal-friendly makeover. The following groups could too:
Musicradar.com, keen to help PETA with our campaigns, has its own list suggestions too—some of which even overlap with ours! Hmm, which is better: "Real Big Sea Kittens" or "Reel Big Fish In A Suitably Large Tank With Adequate Room To Swim"? Decisions, decisions.
So which bands do you want to see change their names?
Written by Amanda Schinke
First off, I'll say that I love PETA and what the organization does for animals. When I first read this article, I thought it was a intentional joke, as in funny ha-ha, from PETA, written purely for amusement and to raise awareness. However I find this article harmful and stupid, for two reasons. First, I don't think that these bands, in any way, promote animal violence. I have listened to all of these bands and frequently enjoy three of them, and I am a vegetarian and have no desire to eat meat, go fishing, or hunt deer as a result of listening to them. To say that their names "promote violence towards animals" is illogical and stupid, especially after considering the points that this very article makes about Cattle Decapitation's anti-meat industry stance and Skinny Puppy's anti-vivisection views. Second, this kind of article actually harms animal rights, because when omnivores and anti-animal rights people see and hear about these kinds of things, they think, "Jesus, those PETA people really are crazy, overzealous crackpots. I don't want to have anything to do with them". These bands have built their reputations on the names that they were established as; to ask them to change (and possibly sabotage their own careers) based on the idea that their names encourage violence towards animals when there is no evidence to support that notion is stupid.
Re: Angry. This is not censorship: PETA has not enforced these name changes, but is simply encouraging them. And PETA does so with good reason. These musicians and bands--each of whom are followed by a strong fan base--have names that promote violence towards animals. PETA encourages them to slightly alter their names to make a big impact for animals.
First off, I want to apologize that my comment may not be relevant since this article is already old.
I support the fact that you guys take a stand against animal cruelty but when it comes to messing with music and asking people WHO HAVE TALENT to change their names to suit your desires?
I have to say that is disgusting. In the best way, that's pure censorship. Kind of like what the rest of our pathetic country does to the arts.
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