PETA'S FICTIONAL TALE OF MEAT AND VIOLENCE
“Switching to vegan meals might just help this hot-tempered prisoner curtail some of the rage that led to her incarceration in the first place.” - Ingrid Newkirk.
Newkirk (President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA) was referring to a woman who, a few months ago, was sentenced for shooting at an occupied McDonald’s, supposedly for them not putting bacon on her burger. PETA emailed the prison, and used the woman’s circumstances as a way to try and push veganism yet again.
Although bacon is popular, it has never driven someone to these lengths before. It’s considerably more plausible that this incident was the result of mental issues than a meat-induced rage.
Nevertheless, this situation has brought into the spotlight a couple of bigger issues, first of which is PETA’s increasing involvement with federal prisons in recent years. They have been steadily becoming more active regarding inmate meal programs, and the way they have been pushing veganism has called into question their ethics.
One example of this would be when they teamed up with Pamela Anderson and Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man who has been cited for several instances of inhumane treatment of inmates and abuses of power. This situation is the epitome of PETA’s moral standards. They opt to side with a man guilty of racial injustices in their quest to peddle veganism, which is rather unsurprising given PETA’s past immorality in pursuit of agenda goals.
An even bigger issue is PETA’s claim that meat-free diets help improve inmate behavior, and that the consumption of meat causes violence. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim, but people are taking PETA’s assumptions and drawing flawed lines of correlation that have led to a misconception about meat-eaters as a whole.
One group of scientists was inspired by these claims. They set out, fully expecting to get results that would solidify what seemed to be everyone’s belief at the time, and tested the effects of red meat on human violence. Their results were surprising:
It turns out that meats do the exact opposite of what everyone seemed to think they would do, it actually calms individuals down when they are in a stressful situation.
PETA has been and is continuing to spread false allegations against the meat industry in their attempt to convert prisons to meat-free diets. They use the cover of “less aggression” but their claims have been proven false. This is just another example of PETA’s members and supporters failing to do the necessary research before staking claims, or doing so despite scientific fact.
Just like their attempts to ban hunting and fishing while ignoring conservationist claims and their attempts to stop GMOs despite their positive impacts on the food industry, PETA ignores the consequences of what they are advocating. We cannot fall prey to the radical group’s manipulative techniques.
Inmates have always been able to receive meals that were specifically designed to their dietary or religious needs, with the proper paperwork, but the majority of prisoners are given meat as an option. There have always been these meatless options for those who need or desire them, and those options should remain.
Scientists cannot give a sound answer as to why meat has this calming effect on humans, the simple fact is that it does. It doesn’t matter if they believe it has a connection to evolution or an idea of sitting down at the table with family for dinner, the result is what matters.
There are other reasons to oppose PETA’s efforts as well. Some state sheriffs are standing up against PETA’s campaign for veganism simply because of the cost. One sheriff in Macomb County, Michigan was even offered a free freezer by PETA in 2010, because mold was found in their old one and they were looking for the funds to replace it, for the vegan switch.
It was recognized by Mark Hackel that a switch in inmates’ diets would bring about a huge financial burden on the state and taxpayers. While what PETA offers jails may be free (like the freezer), buying all-organic, vegan, or vegetarian food options is just too much of a financial burden.
Whether for financial reasons or scientific evidence, it is good to hear that people are fighting back against the embodiment of corruption that is PETA. Hopefully it won’t be long until they are pushed back out of our prison system, and for that matter, society as a whole.
So next time you are feeling a little stressed about the animal rights agenda’s effects on society, just sit back and relax to the soothing sounds of a nice sizzling steak.