28 February 2003
One extra order of wings, please
Mean Mr. Mustard reports that PETA's chicken farm-equals-Auschwitz promotion is old news, that PETA's spokesvegetable Ingrid Newkirk has been harping on this notion for years. He cites an incident on Dennis Prager's talk show on KABC, Los Angeles, before Prager went national:
[O]ne of the things [Newkirk] mentioned again and again was the fact that our yearly killing of a few billion chickens was no different than the 6 million Jews that died in the Holocaust. She cheerfully reiterated this point until Prager pursued a line of questioning that asked if she thought it was murder to kill a mosquito on your arm and if she would herself would holocaustify any insect that displayed designs on her veins. She stalled for a while, and when Prager made it clear he wasn't going to relent, Newkirk became huffy, claimed it was an unfair question and hung up.
I figure PETA is probably only two fund-raisers away from a campaign to improve the public image of Escherichia coli, which is routinely bad-mouthed by government health officials and other misguided souls.