PETA is the largest animal rights organization that stretches all over the world. PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This organization was founded in March of 1980, by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, and it has been becoming more popular every year with over 6.5 million members and supporters as of today. PETA holds many events and protest campaigns and they go into depth with their research on the welfare of animals across the world. They publicize the poor treatment of animals in the food industry, clothing industry, entertainment industry, and laboratories for animal testing. Without a good background knowledge, the way these facilities are ran can often be taken out of context.
Today, PETA’s main focus is the welfare of animals. They are in disagreement with factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and entertainment like the circus. They are also campaigning against eating meat, fishing, hunting, chicken fighting, dog fighting, and bull fighting. These are all hobbies and careers of many people around the world and to some it is even a tradition. Personally, I am against the fighting of these innocent animals, under no circumstance would that ever be okay to me. There is a fine line between right and wrong in this scenario, and I will take PETA’s side about the animal fighting.
As far as hunting and fishing go, they are both very popular hobbies practiced all over the United States. This, however, is not inhumane to me. In the wild, the animals don’t have an unlimited amount of resources. If these animals over populate, then there will not be enough food, water, or a place to call home. It would be survival of the fittest and the animals who weren’t dominant enough would die off from starvation, dehydration, or even get eaten by another animal. As a hunter, it is their job to decrease to population to a safe and acceptable level and euthanize the diseased animals to take them out of their misery.
In the farming industry it is very difficult to provide the best life, for livestock, on a big operation. Being that these animals are raised for the production of meat, the care level for these animals is much lower than it would be for a pet or something of that nature. On a smaller operation, however, it is easier to provide the animals with a better living. Both operations are required to handle the animals humanely, even if it means putting 300 chickens in one chicken house. It is still considered humane because they are getting the nutrients and food that they need and they are provided with water and different antibiotics to keep them healthy and alive.
When it comes time to slaughter, most animals will be taken to a processor or a slaughter house. During the last few minutes of this animal’s life, he or she will not be feeling a thing the entire way through. Before getting onto the belt, they become unconscious. They are many different methods of doing this but it definitely is a better way to kill these animals rather than hanging them upside and letting them bleed out.
Throughout my high school years, I have always raised pigs for livestock shows. Livestock shows are considered part of the entertainment industry and PETA disagrees with them very much. In the show ring, the animals are being braced, whipped and poked at with sticks. We, the exhibitors, aren’t exactly hurting the animals, but we are using different control methods to show off the animal’s boldness and features. After the show, the animals are all taken to farms or slaughterhouses depending on what the buyer would like to do with them after purchasing them. In this area of the entertainment industry I do not think that this is inhumane. We focus on the well-being of the animals and we want to ready them up for show time. PETA focuses more on circus animals and race horses as the more inhumane ones.
I understand where the PETA activists are coming from, but I think they should further their research and understand the reasons for people doing what they do. Hunters for example, are doing it for the animal’s well-being and to help manage the population. It is stereotypical and some of things they say are very bias. With better research and viewing these happening in the correct context, I feel like it would take these bad ideas and images out of people’s heads.