Not PETA, but PETAA. All Animals, including man. It is inconceivable that anyone who loves animals, which would include anyone who reads The Dodo, would be in favor of treating any animal in a way which he would consider unethical, cruel, unkind, abusive or in any other way inhumane. Judging from comments made in the columns over time, I am led to question regarding PETA: whose ethics and which animals?
Whose ethics? There seems to be tremendous variety as to what is considered ethical treatment of any given species according to whose agenda is being propagandized. I saw a short PETA clip of an inept, uncaring amateur girl clipping a lamb's wool, almost deliberately hurting the lamb as propaganda suggesting it is unethical to use wool in clothing. I have also seen expert herdsmen shearing sheep to obtain an entire, intact fleece in about a minute without harming the sheep, freeing it from its heavy winter coat. I also saw a sheep whose owner did not shear it for three years, and its coat had grown so heavy the poor sheep could hardly move. Of the three instances, the first was unrealistic. People who love their sheep don't treat them the way PETA portrayed. The second was the norm; nothing unethical about a quick painless removal of last year's wool before the heat of a new Summer. The third scenario was the unethical one: not shearing a sheep at all. If all sheep-shearing were banned, all the sheep would eventually die from wool so heavy they couldn't move. A foolishly unethical move.