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Saturday, March 28, 2009

German Court Bans PETA "Holocaust" Campaign

PETA wants to run a campaign that compares factory farming to the Holocaust. Touchy subject there in Germany.
The German constitutional court has ruled that animal rights organisation PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) must end its campaign in which it draws a comparison between the Holocaust and industrial farming. The court ruled that the PETA campaign, called The Holocaust on your Plate, violated human dignity: "In Germany, the word Holocaust will long remain synonymous with a very specific crime which is beyond any comparison, let alone any attempt to market it with a view to a publicity campaign."

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Ana,

I am inclined to agree with the courts on this one.

PETA's frustrations about industrial farming may be somewhat understandable, but there are plenty of other ways to promote animal welfare and I do not think comparisons with the Holocaust are appropriate, particularly in Germany.

Ana said...

I agree. PETA excels at getting attention, which is one of the things I admire about them, but sometimes they need to exercise better judgment. This is one such case.