One of the year's more depressing rituals is the annual release of PETA's kill statistics. The numbers -- just how many pets Ingrid Newkirk's organization has "euthanized" in the past year -- are never anything less than revolting. They are also never a surprise.
The NRA vigorously promotes hunting with all manner of weapons, from crossbows to rifles, which is why PETA parents and others are out protesting this week as the NRA mounts the bully pulpit to try to distance itself from a gun massacre that has shaken the country.
The good news is that I returned from Chiang Mai's "Tiger Kingdom" very much alive. The bad news? I found no evidence that definitively confirms or denies the farm's tigers are being sedated, propaganda publicity leaflets notwithstanding.
"Recognize these cynical marketing ploys for what they are -- nonsense."
"Surely if I buy organic, humanely raised or free-range, that's all good, isn't it?" Well, actually, no. You are just kidding yourself, and the animals you are trying not to hurt would tell you if they could that your valiant effort is not enough.
Here's my reasoning.
This week, two Houston residents were indicted by a federal grand jury for creating and distributing what are known as "crush" videos. This is the first time in U.S. history that a crush case has resulted in federal charges. And it's all thanks to a tip that PETA received from one concerned individual.
Shane and Sia Barbi, the animal activists and legendary Playboy celebrities, would like us to understand that humans as a species represent "the 1 percent," with animals and the environment making up the 99 percent.
Animal rights activists, opposed to the No Kill movement, recently threatened to kill Nathan Winograd's beloved pet dog. By comparison, the assault on me and my books is nothing and would not bother me except for its evidence that I am being targeted, obsessively, by a truly vicious group of people.
So you don't live on the Upper East Side. Perhaps you live in small-town America. Here's a small-town girl's guide to eating vegan wherever you live.
I remain unable to fathom deriving enjoyment from dressing up in camouflage and occupying a tree fort for hours on end. I don't understand why, if the goal is to obtain food, one doesn't simply visit their local supermarket that surely offers everything from salted-cured meats to rump roasts.
Differentiating Mitt Romney's intended jokes from his sincere utterings can also be viewed through the lens of post-modern comedy. Can you tell which are which among the following Top 40?
PETA protested this week against the NBC comedy Animal Practice in front of NBC studios in North Hollywood. The protest hoped "to draw attention to t...
"We've lost our humanity, completely ignoring the suffering of these animals. How can we turn away and not look at their suffering when we are responsible for it? We are what drives this industry."
I look forward to running around town and country this winter with my new deer hide bag knowing exactly where it came from, the process it took to get it to its present state and the fact that that beautiful stag lived a serene life way up in the foggy, chilly, windy and romantic Scottish Highlands.
Every time we choose what we're going to wear, we make a statement about who we are in the world: Progressive values involve taking the side of the weak against the strong, but wearing dead animals does the opposite of that.