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PETA Goes to the Grave

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Posted on Dec 12, 2008
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Lifetime memberships are for quitters: Proud PETA advocates now have the option of sending one last message on behalf of their furry friends.

Why settle for a mere lifetime membership when you can take your favorite cause all the way to the Great Beyond? That appears to be the logic behind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ startling new marketing strategy.

AP via Yahoo News:

A New Mexico company is building all-wood human coffins in a partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They bear painted slogans, such as “Lifetime PETA Member” or “I saved 500 animals.”

Another serves up a last laugh that plays on a long-running PETA advertisement: “Told You I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead in Fur!”

The coffins, which went on sale last week, are priced from $620 to $670, which includes a $75 PETA contribution. Made of wood, they are designed to be Earth-friendly, with no screws, nails, hinges or animal-based glues.

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By Dan, September 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Find those who hate PETA the most, and they will most
likely be vegan.

Yes they have done some good, but they have also done
some bad and seriously stupid things, that are, as
someone mentioned before, counterproductive.

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By nestoffour, December 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

Purple Girl, very informative post.  Thanks.

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By juana, December 12, 2008 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Coffins may seem to be an odd notion, but the value of activist groups like PETA, even if you don’t agree with them, is to get people to stop and think about an issue in a new way. I like their T-shirt showing a fox wearing a human wig, that
reads “You look just as stupid wearing theirs”. What a hoot!

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By AlexNYC, December 12, 2008 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

Do they deliver?

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By Shift, December 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Ha ha very good!  They need one for sport hunters painted in red with flames.

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By Aubrey, December 12, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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“Earth friendly” coffins does not actually make sense, since a coffin usually means the body inside will be treated with and filled with chemicals (so that it can be put on display and appears to be “sleeping”). The bizarre process of contemporary embalming started as a way to ship bodies back home during the American Civil War, without them completely rotting on the way there. But now we subject this to most bodies so they can be put on display before being put into the earth where they will take longer to decompose and will release all those chemicals into the earth. The sealed coffin makes this process take even longer, meanwhile the coffins and gravestones are taking up a great deal of space. Wood decomposes, but not all coffins do; and wood decomposes a lot slower than, say, cloth, and flesh. If you really want to help animals and nature and all the small creatures like earthworms and microscopic lifeforms, make it a green burial—no chemicals, a biodegradable covering or coffin, everything becomes mother earth. And from that clean chemical-free earth, new life will grow.

As for PETA… They are embarassing.

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By alex, December 12, 2008 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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Can these be ordered without the PETA donation? I myself don’t need a $7-8-10,000 coffin. A picture of a hunting scene/wildlife would be nice.

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By Purple Girl, December 12, 2008 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

I am a Huge animal Advocate,both companion and live stock. but I reject PETA. Infact their antics have required I Rebuke them when ever discussing animal rights and Welfare.
Their Sensationalism has worked to repulse potential supporters and been counterproductive to the Cause!
How much did they spend designing and manufacturing these ridiculous coffins….Money which would have been better spent petitioning Law markers on Legislation.
I for one am a proponent of requiring standards and licensing for Breeding stock (Dogs to Swine). Not just of the animals, but of the Producers (owners).
Although PETA has done some great under cover investigation and have brought to light to abuses and substandard animal husbandry practices of food producing animals..they have failed to focus on eliminating or reducing Unwanted/abuse or neglected animals to begin with. ‘Breed the Best to the Best (by the Best) and hope for the Best’ is a worthy adage to legislate.
Far too many Emotional or Greedy breeders are allowed to offer substandard animals for sale,not only increasing numbers, but perpetuating deterimental health issues. These not only effect the animal, but the owners wallet and Vet’s ability to rectify or manage the problem.
PETA comes out strong against Horse Slaughter (same as USHS) but never bother to address the real problem of reckless over breeding.
Nor have they tried to work with Small farmers (family farms) to return the industry to those who not only personally understand animal care & welfare, but rely on it to compete in the market.
PETA et al must come to the realization that trying to convert every human to veganism is about as Unrealistic (futile) as Evangelicals trying to convert everyone to their form of Chrisitianity.
Require all Breeding animals be evaluated and licensed AND every breeder be also. this will reduce the emotional or back yard Breeders, thus the number of unwanted animals. If penalities for Breeding without a breeders license or breeding an unlicensed animals is costly, those who breed on a whim will be detered.
‘Legal’ breeders get a ‘stamp of approval,& a bigger customer base. For small & moderate size food producers these fees should be ‘group’ rated so not to effect be prohibative…But heavier for mass producers Like the Corps since their liability for cases of abuse are sheilded by their INC Status.
consider the Revenue for DVM’s and the State.
An example being this ‘End Horse Slaughter’ campaign.They want the Slaughter houses closed, yet do nothing to address the obvious ‘Supply’ problem which contributes to the practice. Not a damn dime, when I hear through the horse industry the alternative now is to lead these unwanted horses in the Swamps of FL.Closing these Facilities Did NOTHING to save horses from gruesome deaths.
Another travesty these groups commit is preferring animals be euthanized instead of ingest by a poor village child in the Phillipines. In such a situation which would be the most logically choice for dinner…the Oxen which pulls your plow everyday, or the dog that begs at your table? Remember our ability to ‘Choose’ what meat to eat is a Luxury many around the world can not afford or even have a choice. then we shouldn’t be eating Pork or Beef either, they are considered Unedible to many around the world.
I am an Animal advocate who wants to save animals by reducing the numbers needing to be saved.

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By expat in germany, December 12, 2008 at 3:40 am Link to this comment
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“Earth-friendly coffin” is an oxymoron. There is nothing earth friendly about using valuable real estate for the dead. Why not offer some cremation urns?

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