With Canadian Thanksgiving approaching, the animal rights group PETA has decided to once again target turkeys.
But this time, not only do they have their eyes set on turkeys, but also on our children. The new marketing campaign includes billboards in all major Canadian cities that read, “Kids: If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why eat a turkey? Go vegan.” The billboard also features an animal that is a cross between a turkey and a Jack Russell Terrier dog.
To be honest I wasn’t surprised to see yet another outlandish campaign by PETA. It’s what they do. Of course, that doesn’t make it right. But what really irks me about this campaign is that they’re targeting kids. It’s bad enough to target adults with their baseless and just plain ridiculous marketing but now children.
But in my opinion there’s nothing to think about. In our western culture, animals such as cattle, pigs and yes, turkeys, are raised for food and other by-products. And other animals such as dogs and cats are raised as pets.
Dog = pet
Turkey = food
It’s a simple as that. And there’s nothing wrong with that. However, PETA wants you to think there’s something wrong with that.
Growing up on a farm I learned very quickly that our cattle were not pets. While I will admit to becoming attached to some baby calves after they were born, I knew that when they got older and bigger they would eventually end up on my dinner plate or someone else’s. And that’s OK. These animals are part of a healthy diet for us. I’ve always said that I believe we need to eat from all the food groups to be healthy.
Parents, if your children see this PETA billboard and start asking questions, I ask you to please explain the difference between pets and non-pets to them. And that some animals are meant to be consumed as food and some aren’t.
Once again, PETA is carving up controversy at a prime time. I’m not buying it and neither should you and your children.
Eat your turkey and pet your dog and have a Happy Thanksgiving.