More Proof That PETA are Just Opportunistic Ghouls

PETA yet again aims to offend with Dr. Tiller inspired billboards in Kansas.

Oh, how I despise PETA. Now they're putting up new billboards in Kansas —can you guess why?

Lindsay Rajt, campaign manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said the billboards were prompted by the recent shooting death of abortion doctor George Tiller, who was killed Sunday at his church.

"The discussion of the value of life is front and center right now in the public conversation," Rajt said today. "We think we would be irresponsible if we don't talk about how we're all guilty of extreme cruelty to animals every time we sit down to a meal that includes meat."

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They have two billboards: one that says "Pro-life? Go vegetarian" and the other says "Pro-choice? Choose vegetarian". PETA reminds me of the undertaker in Yojimbo: a town is tearing itself apart, and the only one prospering is the ghoul who's happily selling coffins to both factions. I can only hope their ham-handed campaign repulses both sides.

PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He runs the science blog, Pharyngula.