Oh, PETA. While I agree with you that luxury fox fur merkins aren’t exactly desirable or the best use of resources, I’m just not sure I can get behind turning the former residence of an accused (but acquitted) murderer into a “Meat is Murder” museum. Which, according to Teddy Hilton, is exactly what you’re trying to do with O.J. Simpson‘s soon-to-be-foreclosed house. This, PETA, is not how you get people on your side.
O.J., who’s currently in prison–but not for the death of his wife, Nicole Brown–is apparently very behind on the payments for his Florida home, which has led the bank, JP Morgan Chase, to foreclose on the home. PETA, ever the opportunistic group of animal-lovers, have stepping in, and are pleading with Chase CEO Jamie Dimon (who is known, if nothing else, for his benevolence, right?) to donate the house to their organization, so that they can turn it into museum about the slaughter of animals for consumption. From the letter:
Our museum will remind visitors that violence may not always be preventable but that it sometimes can be prevented and that nonviolence begins on our plates.
For instance, many wonderful flesh-and-blood individuals—who feel pain and fear as acutely as humans do and who value their lives in much the same way—are knifed to death every day for nothing more than a fleeting taste of flesh.
“Knifed to death.” I see what they did there. But, of course, O.J.’s acquittal (thus, decision that he was not a knife-wielding murderer, even if he was) is perhaps what made him more famous than anything else, so the reasoning is a stretch, at best.
Sure, some shock tactics (like gruesome images of factory-farmed livestock) may help get a few more people to consider going vegan, but digging up a contentious murder case that, if it were a person, would be due to get its learner’s permit and comparing it to the meat industry? This case was very emotional for a lot of people, and they probably won’t appreciate relating a dead woman who many believe never got justice to chicken and beef production. It’s not only in poor taste, it’s straight-up bizarre.
PETA, stick with what you do best–spreading useful vegan information, objectifying women and using the female body to push your agenda, and generally perplexing the meat-eating population.