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Why don't PETA throw paint at bikers who wear leather?

Asked by Milladyret (1294points) June 6th, 2009

Following Dog’s advice and posting this as a question. Maybe someone has a valid answer?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

The red paint activism campaign is aimed against fur not leather.

Blondesjon's avatar

Because there is a much better chance that they would get their asses beat.

Randy's avatar

I’m pretty sure @Blondesjon has it there. A biker and a lady with a fur cost are two totally different things.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

They probably have….. it’s just none of them have lived to tell about it :P

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

PETA are terrorists but they do value their own skins and obviously have weighed the chances some bikers also may be like PETA terrorists and attack in return.

archer's avatar

great question.
haven’t heard of any leatherboy club raids either

archer's avatar

if their protests really are only aimed at fur wearing it just further illustrates their silliness, as leather is animal skin with the fur removed.

Darwin's avatar

Many members of PETA are overzealous, and many are crazy, but none are stupid.

MissAusten's avatar

PETA is so over the top ridiculous. I wish more of them would go around throwing paint on bikers. Maybe then the organization would die out. I do love animals and think they should be treated humanely, but those PETA folks are wackos.

ru2bz46's avatar

In the interest of full disclosure, PETA hates everything I stand for, so I cannot support them in any of their campaigns.

That said, there is a big difference between fur and leather. Fur is generally harvested from small animals whose value is only in their fur. The animals are raised in crowded conditions for no other purpose than to be slaughtered, have their skins removed, then their bodies are disposed of. Maybe they’re ground into cheap animal feed, but I’m just speculating.

Leather is generally harvested from larger animals (also often raised in crowded conditions) whose value is mainly in the form of meat for human consumption; the leather is a by-product. NOT taking the skin would be wasteful as in the case of the fur-bearing critters’ bodies.

As a hunter, I’ll take a beaver with my bow, but I take it first for the meat while the skin is a bonus.

rooeytoo's avatar

They wouldn’t get as much publicity for throwing paint at bikers. They wait for opportunities when there are cameras around.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@ru2bz46: That does not matter to PETA in the LEAST (leather as a by-product of meat). We’re talking about people who won’t help get food to animals cut off from their farmers by a freak snowstorm because once the snow melts, they’ll just be killed anyway. That cannot be their reasoning at all given that they won’t save cows from starving.

ru2bz46's avatar

Sorry @EmpressPixie, I guess I was responding more to the other posts than to the original question as everybody else had pretty much covered it. Had I answered before reading the other answers, I would have said, “They’d get their asses clubbed like baby seals”, but I think it’s overkill to say that at this point.

I know that PETA is a bunch of whack jobs that don’t deserve the flesh suits they occupy. I fully believe in the fair treatment of animals, and I think they deserve all the dignity we can give them prior to their stay in our freezers and/or bellies. I cannot stand the torture or neglect suffered by food animals either at the hands of the slaughter houses or PETA members. That is why I prefer to hunt or raise my own food animals – at least I know they died well.

DarkScribe's avatar

Reality. They protest the killing of animals purely for their fur, not the the use of hides from cattle used for food. There are many leather items, primarily shoes that are no targeted by Peta.

rooeytoo's avatar

If you look at their website, they are opposed to the use of leather. I assume they don’t protest as vehemently because it would not offer the photo and publicity opps provided by attacking high profile models and actresses.

DarkScribe's avatar

I guess that PETA members are not Christians then as they seem to be arguing against the Biblical claim that God provided certain of the world’s animals for our food and warmth.

It is reassuring to know that they are not Christians. Maybe they should invest some time in creating a food that has they same protein benefits, texture, smell and taste as animal sourced food. I would happily eat it if it was as healthy and tasted as good.

I won’t give up my leather jackets and boots though, nothing better when riding than heavy duty leather.

Dr_C's avatar

I agree with the basic principle that animals should be treated humanely and with dignity… i love my dogs as if they were my children. That said i find it hard to shine any form of positive light on hypocritical terrorist organizations like PETA who claim to love animals yet kills animals by the thousands @ their headquarters in Virginia.

Since 1998, PETA has opted to “put down” 21,339 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens instead of finding homes for them.

PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2008, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 95 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2008, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets.

Just seven animals—out of the 2,216 it took in.

These people are great at getting publicity for their Fur campaigns… they get celebrities to pose “nude”.... then they go around killing adoptable animals. How can ANYONE in their right mind support such deceit and hypocrisy?

More info here.

crisw's avatar

Point 1— I am not a PETA supporter, but PETA doesn’t throw paint at anyone, fur-wearer or non.
Point 2— This question (which is hardly original- it’s a standard joke) avoids and trivializes the real issue of whether or not wearing fur is ethical.

Darwin's avatar

Interestingly enough, there is a woman known to locals in Austin, Texas, as the Meat Nazi. She is actually Jeanne Daniels, a Houston, Texas, resident and an animal rights activist, who inherited the shopping center when her mother passed away.

She has banned the sale of any meat or leather products in the stores in her center, forcing a favorite restaurant and the shoe repair shop to close, and causing the convenience store to not be able to sell beef jerky snacks or lunch meat. On the plus side, she gives free space to the SPCA.

However, where the weirdness comes in is that when she first inherited her mother’s estate she bought a brand new fancy car, and she sent it back to the factory to get leather seats put in it. Double standard or not?

Cardinal's avatar

Maybe the PETA’s don’r want to get chain whipped!

archer's avatar

@ru2bz46 beaver as food? that’s fascinating. i had never heard of beaver as game. oh, i know that they certainly would be eaten in a pinch. what is beaver like? oh, i know, “it tastes just like chicken”. no, seriously.

anyone getting ready to goof on the word “beaver”, come on dude, that’s too cheap and easy

ru2bz46's avatar

@archer Beaver is, to me, a bit like a cross between pork and duck. It can be pretty rich, so a little goes a long way. An average adult beaver is over thirty pounds. You can get a good fifteen pounds of tasty red meat from one.

archer's avatar

yeah that stands to reason that a beaver would have a good tasty fat content. dang, i’m gettin hongrish!

CMaz's avatar

I love my dog, but if the world was over run by zombies. I would eat him.
Oh wait, PETA is an organization of zombies. Hmmmm, what will I have for dinner? ;-)

DarkScribe's avatar

@ChazMaz I love my dog, but if the world was over run by zombies. I would eat him.

I love my dog too, but no amount of seasoning and side dishes could make me eat him. I think that we’d starve together.

CMaz's avatar

You are cracking me up!!

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