PETA embarks on an idiotic, horribly inappropriate publicity stunt aimed at nothing more than grabbing a few minutes of air time and another round of gloating on activist blog sites.
Why is anyone still taking People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seriously?
In the wake of the group’s latest over-the-top publicity pitch, whatever legitimacy its leadership has left ought to be permanently wiped out.
That’s because instead of pursuing its supposed mission to curb animal suffering, PETA wants anyone who even scans the news to suffer even worse when they encounter the group’s most recent stunt: Turning the late serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Bath Township, Ohio, into a vegan restaurant.
“We regret that we won’t be able to move forward with this project, even though it was met with some enthusiasm, as well as some derisive comments,” said Moira Colley, PETA’s media officer, in an email sent to media outlets on Tuesday.
I can only imagine the gleeful scene at its Virginia headquarters as they hatched the scheme to purchase the house where Dahmer grew up and (pretend) to convert the property into a vegan restaurant they planned to call Eat For Life: Home Cooking.
Sick doesn’t begin to describe the perversion that Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA’s president, apparently wallows in — with no regrets and no apologies.
Newkirk sent a letter to the realty agent who listed the Bath Township house for sale, asked about the listing and proposing to make the house into a vegan restaurant. Why? “To respond to the past with something positive.”
Yeah, that’s why PETA made it known the group was “considering” buying the property.
Richard Lubinski of Stouffer Realty, the real estate agent, told the Akron Beacon-Journal he was not surprised that PETA dropped the proposal.
“I had to take it seriously, out of fiduciary duty to my client,” he said, “But with PETA’s history of these stunts … it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put two-and-two together” to determine it was all a publicity stunt.
Lubinski noted that two years earlier, PETA announced it planned to turn the Florida home of O.J. Simpson into a “Meat is Murder Museum.” Simpson’s home at the time was in foreclosure, and PETA asked the bank to donate the home to the group, which it didn’t.
Here’s the really sick part of this story: This isn’t the first time PETA has tried to cash in on Dahmer’s notoriety. In 1991, shortly before he was sentenced to life in prison, the organization took out a newspaper ad in the Des Moines Register comparing meatpacking operations to Dahmer’s mutilation killings.