While all the thinking people I know consider PETA stunts ridiculous, the fanatical group somehow manages to stay in business and even to exert influence. So, I feel a need to watch them and keep up with what they are doing. Here is what they have scheduled for today, June 12, 2012, in New Haven, CT, taken from their own announcement:
“In the wake of the recent spate of incidents of cannibalism—one of which occurred last week in New Haven—a PETA supporter in full zombie regalia will chow down on simulated human body parts on a picnic blanket in front of New Haven's Carmen Anthony Steakhouse on Tuesday. Surrounded by signs that read, "Flesh Is Flesh—Go Vegan," the "undead" PETA supporter will remind the lunch crowd that factory-farmed animals have the same bodily organs and the same ability to feel pain and fear that humans do—and that none of us wants to be killed and eaten.
"Anyone who is horrified by the thought of eating someone else's flesh should take a second look at his or her own dinner plate," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is urging everyone to fight senseless violence by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals."
I assume most adults who pass by and see this demonstration will simply hesitate, say, "WTF?" and move on. But as a fairly new grandfather, I wonder how small children might react. Obviously PETA couldn't care less about terrifying kids as long as their bizzare tactics earn them the media attention they usually get.