BC and several of its local affiliates declined to air an anti-meat commercial from the animal rights group PETA during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, citing network "standards" and a violation of "the spirit of the parade." The PETA spot features a young girl offering thanks for "the turkey farms where they pack [the turkeys] into dark, tiny little sheds for their whole lives." The commercial concludes by urging viewers to "go vegan." Was PETA's message unfairly suppressed? (Watch the controversial commercial for yourself)
Yes — people have a right to know the truth: NBC rejected our ad even though "it contains nothing graphic," says PETA on Opposing Views. People need to know that 45 million turkeys are killed "to disgrace Thanksgiving tables" every year. If you want a "festive centerpiece" that isn't a "stuffed avian body cavity," then buy some "faux turkey" and use this Thanksgiving to "pledge to go vegan."
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Enough with the shock tactics, PETA: I'm entirely supportive of PETA's vegetarian philosophy, says Matthew McDermott on Treehugger, but they need to cut out the "shock tactics." The goal should be to "get a message across and influence" meat-eaters, not "drive people away." If they keep up this "shame & blame" act, they will "cultivate" the public impression that they are "animal rights wacko[s]"
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Enough with the censorship, NBC: PETA's spot is "simple and effective and presents a cogent argument" against the poultry industry — and that's precisely "why it got banned," says Daniel Dominguez at Manolith. The commercial isn't a "war on Thanksgiving," but rather a "war on intentionally staying ignorant." As a confirmed "meat eater," I have no intention of going vegan -- but "it is important to be aware of what you are consuming."
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