War on vegetarians: PETA U.S. terrorists?
PETA is known for its in-your-face ad campaigns.
PETA is not the most popular kid on the block. Between antagonizing
meat-eaters and radicalizing the use of naked ad campaigns, the animal rights
group has made more than a couple enemies.
This is the first time, however, that the lawful, nonviolent organization has
been officially classified as a 'terrorist threat.'
In a new security form circulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the
federal department asks animal experimentation facilities whether they've been
confronted by a handful of 'terrorist' groups, including the Earth
Liberation Front, known for their use of arson and explosives; the Animal
Liberation Front, which popularized property destruction as a form of protest;
and, yes, PETA ' best known for distributing gory videos of factory farming.
While the USDA form doesn't necessarily signal anything, some fear
repercussions. Will Potter at Green Is The New Red suggests that PETA's new
classification may point to a change in the government's willingness to charge
nonviolent protestors under new anti-terror legislation.
Consider the case of Adriana Stumpo, Nathan Pope, Joseph Buddenberg and
Maryam Khajavi, who are facing charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
over chanting and intent to sidewalk chalk.
'Industries that rely on factory farming,' explains Brian Merchant on
Treehugger.com, 'may have the lobbying muscle to get PETA listed as a terrorist
threat for their benefit.'