Hey Larry look at this! These PETA folks are really losing it!!
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ An animal-rights campaign comparing the
suffering of livestock to that of victims of the Holocaust is
drawing fire from a leading Jewish group for ``trivializing'' the
mass murder of Jews.
The campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,
``The Holocaust on Your Plate,'' debuted this week in California
and will make a national tour. A two-hour display was scheduled for
Friday in San Diego.
The display is a set of eight 6-foot-by-10-foot panels showing
photographs of Holocaust victims _ emaciated men, crowds of people
being forced onto trains, children behind barbed wire, heaps of
human bodies _ set next to similar images of cattle, pigs and
The Anti-Defamation League denounced the project and PETA's
appeal for support from the Jewish community as ``outrageous,
offensive and taking chutzpah to new heights.''
Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and ADL national
director, said linking the deliberate, systematic murder of
millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights was ``abhorrent.''
``Abusive treatment of animals should be opposed, but cannot and
must not be compared to the Holocaust,'' he said in a statement.
``The uniqueness of human life is the moral underpinning for those
who resisted the hatred of Nazis and others ready to commit
genocide even today.''
The PETA campaign was originated by Matt Prescott, a staff
member of the Norfolk, Va.,-based group, who is Jewish and said his
family lost several members in Nazi concentration camps. It was
funded by a Jewish philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous,
The philanthropist is known for her knowledge of the Holocaust
and has worked to educate people about Holocaust issues, Prescott
He said criticism of the project was expected.
``Nobody likes to have their suffering compared to the suffering
of others,'' Prescott said. ``Everybody likes to think their
suffering is unique.''
``The fact is all animals feel pain, fear and loneliness in the
same way. We're asking people to recognize that what Jews and other
went through in the Holocaust is what animals go through every day
in factory farms.''
The display received mixed reactions earlier this week in
Berkeley, San Jose and Los Angeles, Prescott said. It is set to
move to Phoenix on Monday.