Girlie - I love the analogy and you made many good points. One of them was that PETA is the mouthpiece for the AR movement, whether we like it or not. That's exactly why we have to do the best we can to salvage the yummy veggies in the sour soup.
Your thoughts on PETA's tactics are very miguided in some ways. What I think makes veg*ns look bad are their crazy protests...and I mean the CRAZY protests. Like running naked through a college campus, or handing out graphic pamhlets to children. This is what gives us a bad name!
PeTA does have some sense. Their KFC campaign is great. The fact of the matter is, Girlie, that screaming from street corners to stop eating KFC food won't accomplish anything. Do you honestly think that if PETA asked KFC to please stop killing chickens they would listen? Do you think that if PETA wrote enough letters, held enough conferences, handed out enough pamplets, KFC would become a vegan fast food chain?
Of course PETA does not condone the practices of raising chickens for food - but the best that can be done for AW is to make a reasonable request that KFC work towards better caring for the chickens they will turn into cheap food. Demanding that a company willingly shut down its business is ridiculous.
PETA does some crazy things and can project a negative image. I think our image would definately improve without it. But there's nothing we can do except express how we as individuals feel about the organization.
In the meantime, Girlie, you should try to appreciate the major strides that PETA has taken to further
AW and AR. They've made videos, ads, books, pamphlets, and campaigns that actually DO work to educate and persuade many people. They've gotten major supermarket chains to end the selling of live lobsters, fast food corporations to purchase and produce meat in a more *humane* way, ended the selling of furs in many clothing stores, and many other things. I say that for now we should be grateful for what PETA has done well, and work towards making PETA more in our image.