Thursday, January 25, 2007

I hate PETA

I have nothing but contempt for their shrill, hysterical tactics and for their animal monomania. As this article in the Times shows, PETA people are idiots. There's a scientist researching the fact that 8% of rams like to have sex with other rams, as opposed to ewes (the females, in case you don't know). PETA is all in a tizzy because the guy is killing sheep to find out about homosexual behavior in animals. They claim he means to change it and control it and that this has human implications. But what it is, is they are pissed because he kills the rams in order to study their brains.
But since last fall, when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals started a campaign against the research, it has drawn a torrent of outrage from animal rights activists, gay advocates and ordinary citizens around the world — all of it based, Dr. Roselli and colleagues say, on a bizarre misinterpretation of what the work is about.
Martina Navratilova, a woman I otherwise admire, is a PETA friend and against the research.
“The more we play God or try to improve on Mother Nature, the more damage we are doing with all kinds of experiments that either have already turned or will turn into nightmares,” she wrote in an e-mail reply to a reporter’s query. “How in the world could straight or gay sheep help humanity?”
Plenty, the way I see it. The fact that there are animals in nature who prefer the company of their own sex actually helps in the fight against the obscurantist, retarded, utterly medieval human panic about homosexuality. It means that homosexuality exists in nature just like any other natural phenomenon. And the sooner we all realize it is neither a sin nor abnormal, the better. So what the fuck is PETA's beef? Research like this scares people because they think someone will implant a chip on somebody else's brain to "cure" them from their homosexuality. However, just as there can be potentially nefarious uses for pretty much any kind of scientific research, there are also beneficial uses. Just take a look at the two handsome rams pictured in the article. What's not to like?

Besides, as the researcher says:
As for whether the deaths of the sheep are justified, he said, “why would you pick on a guy who’s killing maybe 18 sheep a year, when there’s maybe four million killed for food and clothing in this country?”
I love lamb, by the way.

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