PETA has always been unwittingly plagued by massive inconsistencies in logic. Even its name exposes PETA to the pitfalls of equivocation. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. So, if animals are people too, then what does PETA even mean? Some Animals for the Ethical Treatment of Arbitrarily Chosen Other Animals? Are humans the only people? Or should animals be held to the same ethical standards as humans? Why should some animals be allowed to viciously “murder” and eat other animals, but humans should all be vegetarian? All of these questions are left conveniently unanswered by an organization built on emotional kneejerk reactions over against sound ethical reasoning.
Because if humans are merely animals, then humans should be allowed the same ethical leeway that we allow animals. Or, conversely, if animals are people too, then we should hold them to the same standards of ethics we apply to ourselves. For instance, did PETA condemn orcas for hunting and killing a baby whale in one of the more vicious displays of cunning and violence ever recorded?
In comparison, Walter Palmer’s hunting of Cecil the Lion is downright merciful. But that hasn’t kept PETA from calling for Walter Palmer’s execution. PETA posted this to their twitter account recently:
Because shooting #CecilTheLion in the park would have been illegal, he [Walter Palmer the Dentist Hunter] needs to be extradited, charged, &, preferably, hanged.