Thursday, April 8, 2010

New PETA Ad: It was good enough for Jesus

In the wake of the new study that shows that increased breastfeeding rates would save lives and billions of dollars, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has created a new ad to promote breastfeeding. "PETA?" you might be thinking, "why do they care, they don't have a dog in this fight?" But they do. See, PETA would like to see most of stop consuming dairy because of the horrible way dairy cows are treated. Since most infants are on a cow milk-based formula, increasing breastfeeding rates means less formula needs to be produced, means less dairy cows being milked to death on farms. Since Kentucky has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the US, this billboard will appear in Lexington, according to the PETA blog.  So what do you think of the ad?

 This is not the first time PETA has used such an image. They have a whole website dedicated to why Christians should be vegetarians, using Jesus' message of mercy and compassion for all of God's creatures.

Of course we all know PETA has an agenda and at the end of the day, they couldn't care less about moms and babies and the health benefits of breast milk to humans. They proved that when they suggested Ben & Jerry make ice cream out of breast milk instead of cow's milk.

So what do you think? Self-righteous? Annoying? Smart? I've heard religious people talk about how the idea that Jesus was breastfed makes them more comfortable nursing in church. But what will the average person make of this ad? How does it make you feel?

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