Did anyone happen to catch the newest ad in ridiculous from our friends at PETA? The new naked ad shows Tony and October Gonzalez. Gonzalez, for those who don’t know, is a tight end for the Atlanta Falcons. I usually ignore these types of ads (and the associated press with the ads) but this one caught my eye. Here are some excerpts from the Associated Press article, the bold emphasis are my own:
“It looks good,” Gonzalez said Wednesday, glancing at the photo on a reporter’s cell phone while standing at his locker. “It’s something me and my wife talked about. It’s something we feel very strongly about. That’s a great cause, especially when you educate yourself and find out what is happening out there in the world.”
Okay, not bad. Then he goes on to talk about the videos that PETA sent to him…
“I’ve never done something like this before. I’m usually not a political person,” said the 10-time Pro Bowler, who holds the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end. “The pictures I saw were pretty gruesome, pretty cruel. If done the right way, maybe. But done the way I saw it, it’s definitely inhumane.”
Tell me please, what is the right way to slaughter kill an animal for it’s skin? The article goes on…
“While prepared to take some good-natured gibes from his teammates, Gonzalez is serious about the anti-fur campaign. He became interested in animal right issues about three years ago and went on a vegan diet during the season, giving up meats or even foods that come from animals.
Gonzalez didn’t last long as a vegan. He abandoned it after three or four weeks, saying the diet caused him to “lose a little too much weight.” But he became more conscious of the meats he consumed and wound up writing a book about his methods, “The All-Pro Diet.”
Sigh. And this little gem:
“I eat a little meat now, but it comes from clean sources: grass-fed cows, free-range chickens, wild fish, stuff like that,” he said. “I’m OK with it as long as you do it humanely.“
This demonstrates why campaigns such as the “I’d rather be naked than wear fur” are without merit. Let’s focus on real issues, with real vegans, that will add up to some real results. Not on campaigns that use folks who aren’t vegan, “can’t” be vegan, and who talk about the humane slaughter of animals. Please, and thank you.