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Friday, March 27, 2009

Germany bans PETA ad campaign equating Holocaust with slaughterhouses

The German government has banned as 'offensive' an ad campaign by PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals :-) that equates what happened to Jews in the Holocaust to what happens to animals in the slaughterhouse.

The posters, sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bear photographs of concentration camp inmates, both alive and dead, along with pictures of plates piled with meat and animals ready for slaughter, accompanied by the slogan: "The Holocaust on you plate".

The constitutional court said the campaign would have made "the fate of the victims of the Holocaust appear banal and trivial" and that it was not protected under freedom of speech laws.

PETA said the campaign - which was previously launched in the United States - was intended to persuade people that the suffering of humans and animals was comparable and that animal products should therefore not be used or consumed.
Some of you may recall that PETA protested the use of donkeys as suicide bombers by 'Palestinians,' but never bothered to protest the deaths of and injuries to Jews in terror attacks. So I am pleased to see that the German constitutional court was able to take advantage of the country's laws to prevent the equating of Holocaust victims to meat.

But more importantly, we Jews have a bad history with countries that ban Jewish ritual slaughter (which is something PETA would like to do), including Nazi Germany. In fact, Nazi Germany seemed to have an obsession with protection of animals, which of course it did not have for protecting Jews. I'm not suggesting that it's okay to be cruel to animals. It's not. But the Master of the Universe told us that shchita - Jewish ritual slaughter - is the least cruel way to slaughter animals. Equating it and any form of animal slaughter to the Holocaust is over the top and morally repugnant.


At 8:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hitler was a vegetarian and he banned schechitah after coming to power. And the Nazis were more solicitous of animal welfare than were of Jews. Something to think about and they never spared the Jews from the kind of hideous cruelty they forbade from being inflicted upon animals.

I don't mean to say animals shouldn't be treated kindly but they are not the moral equivalent of a human being. The latter alone was created in the image of G-d and that is why only human beings are sentient enough to appreciate and exercise rights.


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