There seems to be a Left versus Right political battle for PETA – not to win them over but to make the other side take them.
On the Right hand Michelle Malkin, the ultra conservative right wing blog queen, puts PETA into her radical Left Wing Animal Rights Wackos category. Ms. Malkin considers PETA a leftist group and she never misses an opportunity attack PETA like a rabid beaver on a birch tree.
On the Left hand Gary L. Francione wants PETA to be recognized as part of the reactionary right. “Is there anything more reactionary than PETA’s relentless sexism or its giving awards to people like Pat Buchanan or Arnold Schwarzenegger?” asks Professor Francione. “In any event, it is simply not accurate to make a blanket generalization that the American animal rights movement is leftist.”
The Right needs PETA to be on the Left otherwise Mad Beaver Malkin will have to edit her Animal Rights Wacos category. The Left is trying to push PETA off on the Right since violence is definitely not a Leftist value. In the middle is PETA, trudging along saving turkeys and exploiting people.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights group founded on the belief that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation or entertainment. Since 1980, PETA has grown from a handful of volunteers to an international organization with more than 1,800,000 members and supporters.