In view of Nicholas Gruen’s very sensible post below about extreme animal liberationists, I feel it’s my duty to draw readers’ attention to an alliance that many may find surprising perhaps even disturbing. Uber-Right Wing Death Beast Tim Blair is promoting animal lib organisation PETA on his blog. Just in case Tim’s current sidebar Blogads selection gets changed before you have a chance to read it, here’s what it says:
Pink’s New PETA Video
Pink, like anyone with a heart, refuses to wear fur & often opts for pleather. Now, she’s joined PETA’s campaign to expose the horrendous cruelty in the wool industry.
In the video Pink calls for a boycott of Australian wool until the wool industries ‘sadistic’ practices are stopped.
Well, at least they put sadistic in scare quotes. I’m expecting Tim to arrive in the Troppo comment box any moment and condemn Nicholas’s disgracefully ‘species-ist’ discrimination against non-human animals. Alternatively, he might review whether the modest income from Blogads is worth having his site used to promote this sort of air-headed mungbean crap. But do mungbeans defecate? And do plants scream? I think I need a big juicy medium rare T-bone steak.
PS I refuse to wear fur too, but it has nothing to do with having a heart. You don’t see much fur being worn in Darwin, especially in the wet season. If I was living in Melbourne I might well acquire and wear a mink waistcoat as a matter of principle.