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Archive for August 13th, 2008

PETA…. please

So… I want to like PETA, I really do. The objective – ethical treatment of animals – makes sense to me. How about the ethical treatment of all animals, including humans?

As Renee points out, PETA’s got some problems with their advertising campaigns.

I’m wanting to believe this story is a joke:

PETA wants to advertise vegan message on border fence

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans today to announce an unusual marketing pitch to the U.S. government: Rent us space on the fence for billboards warning illegal border crossers there is more to fear than the Border Patrol.
The billboards, in English and Spanish, would offer the caution: “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.”
“We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables,” said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA’s vegan campaigns.

No… the American diet, particularly as portrayed in popular media and advertising is not the best in the world. Food production in this country has some serious problems.

But the notion of such an advertising campaign belittles those who are risking their lives to cross the border, it colludes with a racist, violent campaign to keep out those immigrants we don’t like, and it shows a remarkable obtuseness regarding the diets of people who live in countries other than the U.S. I think it likely that Mexicans have seen, and even eaten, meat before coming to the border. I think it likely they have other issues on their minds when they cross. “If the Border Patrol doesn’t get you” makes light of real life and death scenarios.

When considering how many meat processing plants hire undocumented workers and offer them no protection, this campaign seems kind of … evil.

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What the …?

Spanish player defends racially controversial photo

BEIJING (AP) — Players on Spain’s Olympic basketball team defended a photo in an ad showing the players using their fingers to apparently make their eyes look more Chinese.
The photo, which has been running as a newspaper spread in Spain since Friday, shows all 15 players making the gesture on a basketball court adorned with a Chinese dragon. The photo was part of a publicity campaign for team sponsor Seur, a Spanish courier company, and is being used only in Spain.

EDITED to add: Oh, no they didn’t go with the “some of my best friends are…” defense – wait, yes they did:

From here I would like to declare that we have a huge respect for the East and their people, some of my best friends in Toronto are from China and one of our Spanish National Team sponsors is the Chinese brand Li Ning. Anyone who would like to interpret this differently is absolutely confused.

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Via Pam’s House Blend

Focus on the Family asks for rain on Obama’s acceptance speech

I don’t know – could they display their contempt a little more openly?

A bunch of folks blogged about this…. now Isabel Garcia is being seriously targeted:

Garcia is currently under investigation by the AZ state bar for participating in a protest against a book signing for a book that supports active discrimination against immigrants and subversion of their rights. “Justice” and others, have misrepresented the events to say that Garcia’s “toting of a severed piñata head of a police officer” constitutes violation of the bar’s code of conduct. Garcia was actually picking up the head after protesters split the piñata open in traditional form. She and others actively protested the incitement of anti-immigrant sentiment and abuse of immigrants and the Latin@ community in AZ which they felt were being exacerbated by the event and the author. Should the review board decide that Garcia is guilty of violating codes of conduct, she could lose her license to practice law in the state of Arizona and would also lose her job as a public defender.

See profbw for full post and join the call for action:

Contact Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry in support of Isabel Garcia. 520.740.8661 or e-mail: chh@pima.gov

Contact the Journal Broadcast Group, expressing your opinion of Jon Justice and the tactics of 104.1FM.

Contact Julie Brinks: 520.290.7600 or e-mail: jbrinks@journalbroadcastinggroup.com

Contact the Board of Supervisors, voicing your support of Isabel Garcia, who has broken no rule or regulation as a Pima County employee.
Pima County Board of Supervisors
30 West Congress Street, 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Receptionist – (520) 740-8126
Fax – (520) 884-1152

Ann Day, District 1
Ann.Day@pima.gov
(520) 740-2738

Ramón Valadez, District 2
district2@pima.gov
(520) 740-8126

Sharon Bronson, District 3
district3@pima.gov
(520) 740-8051

Ray Carroll, District 4
district4@pima.gov
(520) 740-8094

Richard Elías, Chairman, District 5
district5@pima.gov
(520) 740-8126

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