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."
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.
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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.
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.
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