On “Are You Just a PETA Nut?”
Once in a great while, an individual who leaves a less-than-charitable, yet not deletable comment (because it doesn’t have expletives, has somewhat decent sentence structure, and isn’t pure rant), also leaves a website and e-mail address that are legitimate. In those cases, I will always leave the comment, as each time they speak worlds about what we are up against.
Yesterday, a man who runs The Countertop Chronicles left the following comment on my post from February 11 entitled "Virginia Thinks Kids Under 12 Should be Able to Hunt:"
And the problem with hunting is????????????
or are you just a PETA nut?
Ah, so much to say, so little time.
First, go to his website/blog. Like mine, it tells you everything you need to know about him (he has children, the movie he wishes he’d never seen was "The Crying Game" -hmmmm, wonder why? and he sends his kids to private school in Virginia, where he lives in "about as affluent a community as your gonna find anywhere in the country with schools generally to match." And, oh, he loves Howard Stern.). He goes to church regularly and his site is riddled with obscenities, porn, foul language, and a clear hatred of women. We can only hope his children have never seen his blog. Here’s where he wrote about Virginia losing hunters, which is what the post he commented on refers to (it’s below the Labor Day one, where he is clearly excited to kill all day).
I spent a good half hour at his site–and I think he’s a paralegal–maybe an attorney, to research exactly what kind of person isn’t sure there is a problem with hunting, and exactly what kind of person thinks those against hunting are "PETA nuts."
The important part of his comment isn’t so much that he thinks PETA people are nuts, as we’re not PETA people, anyway. The important part is that he–and other average Americans–equates any person who is against the senseless slaughter of animals with PETA. This is where we have a lot of work to do. This is, in fact, one of the reasons I feel compelled to devote nearly an entire page of my pamphlet to defining animal rights and pointing out the various ways the term is used and misused by the media as well as by activists themselves.
This countertop person would never be someone I would choose to debate. He loves killing and he wants to make sure his right to do so is preserved (he is a libertarian conservative), along with his right to degrade women. I wouldn’t waste my time engaging him.
However, through his blog, and his vitriol toward environmentalists, liberals, women and "PETA VEGAN shit heads" (that’s in the entry a bit below the photo of the men smoking a bong that is inserted in a woman’s vagina), he alerts us that there are people who don’t simply disagree with us, they hate us. They really hate us.
"Countertop" has succeeded in one thing: he has bolstered my commitment to nonviolence and my motivation to help (reasonable) people question what they eat and why, what they wear and why, and what place nonhuman animals should have in their lives.