PETA2: The Youth Movement

PETA2: THE YOUTH MOVEMENT

Happy international children sit on green meadow   ‘Free For All’. These are the first words you see when you enter PETA2’s website. For those unfamiliar, PETA2 is the youth offshoot group of PETA that is geared towards converting people to vegan activism early in life. These three words encompass the animal rights agenda in totality. They don’t care about feeding the world, promoting the economy, or even animal welfare (PETA has killed over 33,000 animals since 1998), they only care about the concept of equal rights for all species. Although that fantasy world might be good for some, it ignores rationality and common sense. You see, you can’t feed the world with a Free For All society, but that is not for an idealistic young vegan to worry about. Who cares about the poor? Who cares about food deserts? Who cares about vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition? Where PETA’s primary website is geared more towards further indoctrinating activist beliefs, PETA2 is concerned with creating and fostering their ultra-radical beliefs in the youth of our nation – those who have not yet fully developed a sense of rationalism. Who make the easiest messaging targets? Those who are not old enough to rationalize. PETA has seemingly perfected the art of corrupting our youth (who are psychologically-proven less apt to reason, which is why they can’t vote), converting them into well-trained activist drones. They have made their website a ‘fun’ and interactive place for children to visit on the web. Bright colors, celebrities, games, and competitions make kids feel like PETA and their members are positive role models. But let’s take a look at the website content and see just what kind of influence they are. Of course they provide their ‘positive’ enforcement, their ‘Coolest Vegan’ and ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Celebs’ competitions, and their ‘Superhero for Animals’ campaign. These are meant to create a positive connotation with radical veganism and vegetarianism. However, for young children they are reinforcing social pressures to act ‘cool’ and ‘sexy.’ Forget individualism, creativity, and imagination, what makes you cool is one thing: being vegan. Then all you have to do is conform your body to the ‘ideal’ image and you will be the ‘ideal’ person! A lot of their content is specifically targeting people and businesses. They advertise against McDonald’s, poke fun at KFC, demonize Mario, and humiliate the Olsen twins in their game ‘Dress up the Trollsen Twins’. To top it all off, they use their influence to promote the use of violence and illegal behavior. In their Pokémon parody, you play as the Pokémon who are revolting against humans. You are told to shock, burn, and defeat your human trainers. When you defeat bosses you are given rewards in the form of propaganda and videos. In one video, it shows graphic and outdated footage of animal cruelty with an inappropriate-for-children song playing in the background. At one point, the musician sings “I hate the whole g*dd**n human race, what the h*ll do you want from me?” and “I just want enough space to turn around, cause you’re f***ed.” You are encouraged to physically confront ‘animal abusers’ in ‘Cage Fight: Knock Out Animal Abuse’, despite their disclaimer at the beginning of the game to “please keep all real assault against animal experimentation legal in real life.” You are told to assault those who wear fur in ‘Holiday Snowball Fight’ their Christmas game, and told to “test on breasts” in their game ‘Breasts, Not Animal Tests’. Absolutely none of this is appropriate for children, and it is despicable that PETA is using it to garner youth support. Sure, children are going to think you are ‘cool’ if you cuss, let them play violent video games, and show them pictures of women’s breasts. However, how can you claim to be an ethical organization while doing all those things? Is this really what is best for the children? Don’t mistake our focus on PETA2 for meaning they are the only ones out there doing these either. PETA2 is just the most famous, radical, and unethical of all the AR groups that are trying to manipulate children. Even HSUS, kings and queens of tastelessness, has a little more class than that We encourage you to be extremely dubious of the websites your children are visiting, if you aren’t already. A lot of unexpected places can be horrible influences, if not because their sole purpose is to manipulate your child, then because of the language and behavior that it is teaching them. PETA2 is a prime example of this, as it can be characterized by its negative language, sexualization of women for the organization’s own gain, and promotion of violence to solve problems. It would seem as though the “Ethical” portion of PETA’s name has no meaning whatsoever, as empty as the heads of the individuals responsible for developing the idea for this website.

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