People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is great at getting publicity for its animal liberation activities. In its newest ad, PETA asks the question: What does Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy have to do with neutering cats and dogs? Well, according to PETA, the young Spears’ mom is like people who don’t neuter their pets.
In PETA’s press release touting the ad, the group describes the ad and the connection:
That’s because the 30-second spot features parents who encourage their teenage daughter to become sexually active. When the horrified girl asks, “What if I get pregnant?” the parents urge her to “pop out all the kids you can” and say, “If it has a pulse, you should be wrapped around it!” The ad concludes, “Parents shouldn’t act this way. Neither should people with dogs and cats. Always spay or neuter.”
And, lest there be any doubt of their message, PETA’s prez spells it out:
“Just as Lynne Spears is under scrutiny because of her underage daughter’s pregnancy, people who fail to spay and neuter their animals should also be feeling the heat,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “No one should be bringing more animals into the world when millions of deserving, wonderful dogs and cats are dying for good homes.”
Check out another of its press releases titled “PETA requests vegetarian diet in jail for cannibalism suspect.” This type of approach is typical for this radical group that nonetheless gets wide and mainstream funding support to the tune of nearly $29 million in 2004. PETA also has purportedly given some of that money to really radical ecoterrorist groups, such as ALF and SHAC, as documented here.
The PETA ad is running in Spears’ home state of Louisiana. Obviously, the organization has no qualms about exploiting people — such as a pregnant and underage teenager — to make a point about pets. Maybe that’s part of their charm.