PETA ‘Vegetarian’ Celebrity Update

Singer P!nk (yes, that’s an exclamation point — she’s just that hip) recently signed her name to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign condemning KFC for not conforming to standards invented by PETA. Her petition comes hot on the heels of lengthy profiles of the singer published recently in two UK newspapers. Displaying just how deep the singer’s animal-rights philosophy goes, one article mentions the PETA spokes-rocker’s leather boots, and the other her taste for fish. [Warning: These profiles contain copious profanity and may be completely unintelligible to readers old enough to vote.]

Speaking of the difference between PETA’s official rhetoric and what people actually do: Shortly after we reported on Thursday that the rappers known as Little Brother are not actually vegetarians (as PETA has claimed), PETA removed its hip-hop hijacking of their image from the “PETA World” animal-rights website. PETA has given no reason for the quick turnaround, but it’s only a partial return to reality: The group is still distributing anti-meat leaflets featuring a photo of Big Brother MC “Phonte.”

We note also that PETA’s online list of “Sexiest Vegetarian 2005” finalists still includes Reese “Everything’s Better With Bacon” Witherspoon. And PETA has yet to stop (ab)using the names of other famous figures in its materials. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, Indian cricketer Greg Chappell, and rockers The Beastie Boys have all asked PETA — to no apparent avail — to stop misrepresenting them as animal rights activists.

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