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Back to Work (plus naked pics)

Written by PETA | November 30, 2007

Alright people, fun’s over. You had your day with Joel talking about soy nog and “smiles”. Now it’s time to get back to work. Today we will be going over the finer points of whether a coherent liberationist ethic can be constructed from strictly utilitarian arguments (or whether some sort of deontological consequentialism is necessary to round out the debate), and throughout next week, I will be doing a series on recent addenda to the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act. There will be a quiz on Friday to make sure everyone takes it all in.

Now, here’s a picture of the serious work I was doing yesterday while Joel was goofing off back at the office. We spent the afternoon outside the British Embassy in DC to remind the British Ministry of Defense that the “world is watching” while they continue to needlessly slaughter black bears for their ceremonial hats. Apparently this required that we remove all of our clothes and paint our naked bodies like flags. Hey, I just do what I’m told. The demonstration was a blast—we met some great activists, some friendly photographers, and some very bewildered passersby, and I think the pictures came out really well. Check em out.

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  • Penisvagina says:

    OMG!!! You are what I call ‘SEX’

  • Jeff White says:

    Bears are excellent eating and a helluva dangerous carnivore to have around the neighborhood. Cruelty no but controls yes including culls hunting and consumption. No animal will ever go to hell nor is an animal on the same plane with a human to balance space for living.

  • Caboose says:

    Ahhh opinions.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Mike You must be describing the semi tame squirells that live in your local city park. Usually for a hunter to be successful he must see the squirell before it sees him not an easy task. In this case the defense is get the heck out of Dodge and it is often effective. All the best.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher Yeah a squirrel runs up a tree and sits there thinking he’s safe? How many millions were blasted out of trees last year?

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Mike Animals have numerous extremely effective defenses versus hunting they are however not impervious obviously. Cows sheep goats are largely defensless against hunting as these defenses have largely been bred out. I give wild animals a lot of credit because most of the time the defenses are quite effective.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher I think a good parameter for determining who is defenseless is to compare the stats of how many animals have been taken out by hunters versus how many hunters have been taken out by animals.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    The demise of the Florida subspecies of Felis concolor in the 21st century has little or nothing to do with hunting. Habitat loss is the key to most or all declining populations of wildlife in the United States. In fact hunters and other outdoor orginizations do a lot to restore and preserve the cat’s dwindling habitat. If hunters scared cowards though? it is a fear that the urban cancer will continue to encroach upon natural places. Where on Earth does the term “cowardly hunter” come from anyway? That’s not that silly “defenseless” animal argument again is it?

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Tater Everyone is entitled to an opinion and has the right to express said opinion but when you use poor grammar and spelling you are hunting with dull broad heads. Do yourself and your message a favor and try to express your message more effectively. Your web browser should have a spell checker on it. When you write such as you have you fall right into the antihunters cross hairs as an easy target. All the best.

  • animalfriend says:

    tater look look whom we got here i make a bet it’s our wellknown notorious ugly ‘huntur’ i think i’m right!!!!

  • Ana says:

    Tater I never wore fur and have always loved animals. I was forced to eat animals by my mother but once I got to a private high school I attended I decided I would not eat them anymore. Sure my mom was unhappy about my decision but I was adamant and the arguments continued between us but my ethical views meant more to me. At university I became even more active in the animal rights movement and still am. Sure there are still animals around but certainly a lot less due to humans and certainly hunting. The Florida panther is a good example of what cowardly hunters do best…kill beautiful creatures because their idiots!!!

  • rojo says:

    tater I don’t know where you’re from but in most countries certain species are protected by law. For a reason not all animals have survived the hundreds of years of civilisation think Dodo Javan Tiger Thylacine. And Passenger Pigeonone I recently read about. I trust you are being flippant when you say you “hunt every animal out there” not all have robust populations. And some probably don’t taste very good.

  • Michele says:

    Tater please tell us how you have such awesome powers that you can “garuntee” that every PETA member has worn fur or eaten meat before. I personally have never worn so much as a scrap of fur in my entire life so there goes your theory! Yes many of us used to eat meat but that was before we became enlightened to the plight of the animals. Tater the “big deal” is that billions of animals are tortured and killed every year for human consumption entertainment socalled medical advances what crap that is! and clothing. The big deal is that one species ie humans does not get to decide the worth of all other species that is called “speciesism” which is a “prejudice based on morally irrelevant physical differences”. It is morally wrong to regard sentient beings as objects or property. Humans just do not have the right to decide that nonhuman animals have less value because they supposedly do not have rational thought yet infants and mentally disabled people are still considered valuable because they happen to belong to the human species. Tater if you want someone to “freakin” tell you more check out PETA’s videos. We are not going to explain it all to you here make some “freakin” efforts of your own to become educated about it and don’t waste our time anymore if you are not truly wanting to become enlightened.

  • Carla says:

    Hey Tater!! We all “GREW UP”!!

  • Tater says:

    i hunt every animal out there and peta members dont know what there talking bout the best meat i have had is elk and i garuntee that every peta member has wor fur before or ate some kinda meat its in our culture and has been for hundrads of years and those animals are still here wats the big deal!! if some one knows please be glad to freakin tell me!!!!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Claude I am typically not a big cheerleader for these guys but you have to admire anyone who gets to hang out with four or five topless girls and get paid for it….that’s constructive!!! I may have chosen the wrong profession.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Jack Your disguise has done nothing for me but the absolutely sick onions on the Canadian and American birds have inspired me to never ever wear a hat made of dead bear. Cheers.

  • claudia says:

    hey claude why don’t you do something constructive with your time and money instead of playing your foulmouthed wicked song here!

  • claude says:

    of course what else would i expect from PETA members hey lets go out and be idiots and stand naked in public here is a great idea why dont you all do something constructive with your time and money.

  • Abi says:

    Bring Joel back. I love SMILES!

  • Michele says:

    To anonymous from December 2 2007 1119 PM thank you “freak” can be defined as “An eccentric or nonconformist person especially a member of a counterculture an enthusiast”. Well we animal rights people are quite likely nonconformist and we certainly are enthusiasts for animal rights! To KathyF that was brilliant!!

  • KathyF says:

    So do we call you Union Jack now?

  • Anonymous says:

    you people are freaks!!!

  • Ariel says:

    Hi Doug Yes very well said indeed! I’ve commented a few times on here to those effects that it is my policy not to knock other strong REAL ara’s approaches comments because all have a right to express themselves as they feel no matter what kind of socalled “unacceptable” wording or examples they use. I believe they are being very HONEST because passions and convictions run very deeply. And yes it is not good for the movement when “lukewarm” activists don’t agree with other’s methods because then it dilutes unity. As you mentioned there are “different audiences” and “the settings are different” so each type of involvement has a wide variety to offer and appeal in order to obtain positive results with the focus being on what is most beneficial for the animals. To dylan Animal rights’ beliefs supported by verified facts goes deeper wider and more openminded than I think you realize. I definitely can’t explain all of it in one blog because there is so much to know practically endless. So just VERY VERY briefly Animal Rights’ respects ALL life and therefore we are saying that ALL life animal and human animal has a right to be treated with dignity free from enslavement torture abuse and killing…because ALL life has an interactive impact. Meaning there are affects and effects that determines good or bad outcomes as in a ripple effect throughout society and our environment. Mahatma Ghandi was one of the greats who said it best “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  • Andi says:

    Re the last antiPETA comment “wow you people take animal right to a new level you place them on a pedestal that is equal with humans” made me want to put instant coffee in a microwave to see if I’d go back in time! It is truly a genuine gem! I’d have to give it a high score for humorous content! I had so much fun trying to analyze it wait a pedestal means higher but he’s saying we’re elevating animals but to the same level although it’s one of superiority? It’s like a brain teazer. No matter which way you turn it the logic just never turns the wheels that connect the dots. You Go PETA. Some people will just never “get” the concept of animal equality but there’s enough of us who do or certainly will in the future and we’re growing every day thanks to you.

  • dylan says:

    wow you people take animal right to a new level you place them on a pedestal that is equal with humans

  • Michele says:

    Doug VERY well said!

  • george zimmer says:

    i agree

  • Doug says:

    That’s great you raised this philosophical question Jack. What do you think? ………. The animal rights movement attracts people from various backgrounds and disciplinesmuch like rights movements in our recent pastand all the contributions these people have made and will make to the movement are invaluable in advancing animal rights. Whether one is direct action activist a supporter of PETA and their methods ANDOR engages in a more “intellectual” approachall these AR advocates have a role to play in the struggle for animal liberation. Thus criticism and ridicule of others within the movement whose tactics or methodology one may disagree with should either be eliminated or only dredged up when necessary if they’re felt to be detrimental to the movement for example. Such discord can only undermine the strength of a movement that is already facing a daunting uphill battle. If the 21st century is going to be the century of animal liberation people of these various backgrounds and beliefs need to become involved according to their strengthsand learn to interact with each other in the most efficacious manner. The “ivory tower” scholar has as vital a role to play in animal liberation as does any halfnaked activist holding up a signthe audience is different the setting is different but hopefully the result is the sameinfluencing hearts and minds and changing the attitudes and behaviors concerning the brutal exploitation of nonhuman animals. It’s still all about the animals right?

  • Sarah says:

    Just so everyone knows…I tried to get a Super Man action shot of him last night…didnt work to well.

  • ocean says:

    thank ewe all for your inspiring creative uprisings! i wish i’d been there too. I’m in spearfish south dakota home of BHSU black hills state university. we could use some peta activists and theorists here. we also have a wildlife “sanctuary” that needs help expanding it’s cages spirit of the hills wildlife sanctuary or wildlifesanctuary.net. I’m working on some holliday bumper sticker for them based on their flyer’s theme “striving to respect all life” ” striving to respect the diversity that is all life” i can’t quite get the quote. Anyhoot my bumper stickers say ” i’d rather be striving” “strive not to drive” ” Jesus stived” etc. Any help ewe can send our way is great. Hope to seem some naked bodies here soon. Find me Maxine Ocean co ST. Joseph’s Church and Newman Center or Behaviour Management Services where I preach ecopsychology…

  • rojo says:

    claudia I absolutely agree it is very important to ensure the most humane methods of slaughter are utilised. This will undoubtably involve changes to long held traditionsreligious beliefs.

  • claudia marrapodi says:

    This is a wonderful action thanks to all the participants! Concerning ‘Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act’ i would like to focus on the importance of this issue because there is still a big majority of meat eaters in this world and we cannot hope to turn them all into vegetarians within the next time! So we have to do everything possible at least to reduce the animal suffering in the slaughterhouses! these places should be surveyed by qualified people and the slaughtermethods have to be improved specially concerning kosher and hallal slaughtering as it’s happening here in france where Brigitte Bardot met the chief imam of Paris mosque who agrees with her hundred percent to stunn animals before cutting their throat! but he is an intellectually educated personality and there are still enough primitive folks around who kill these poor animals in their own cruel barbaric way! So here i put all my hopes on PETA and the Humane Society etc. to find at least some humane ‘solutions’ which could at least ‘reduce’ some of this horrific pain through which these martyrs have to go!!!

  • Jaclyn says:

    Welcome back Jack! Yes Joel was great. You shaved your chest???? LOL!

  • Carla says:

    First off Welcome back Jack!! Those are Awesome pics better then I expected! You look so Happy in the mirror lol! Who’s in the Canadian paint? Anyway Joel was “Great”! Even though it was just for the day he did a FANTASTIC job!!

  • Joel says:

    you forgot to mention how much fun you had shaving your chest.

  • Jimbo Duggins says:

    Bring Joel Back!