OK, I promise I'm not turning this into a blog about TV shows. But I thought it was worth sharing some of the responses from PETA fans to the FX television show "30 Days."
To recap: The show, which aired Tuesday night, stuck a North Carolina deer hunter with a Los Angeles vegan, PETA-activist family for 30 days. The hunter arrived with a pretty callous attitude toward animals, and left caring deeply about cruelty to animals, though he still eats meat and hunts.
The question I posed yesterday was Is that good enough for PETA? Here's a sampling of what various commenters are saying on the PETA blog.
"It's a shame he's still hunting but at least he eats what he kills and doesn't try and mask the connection between the thing on his plate and the animal (beef/cow etc). He's better than the hypocrites who profess to love animals yet are quite content for savage cruelty to take place so they can get cheap meat."
"Hunting is killing and killing is murder. People who hunt enjoy killing. Yes, that does make a person cold blooded."
"This episode with George shows there is hope (for the animals) cause people with different background and beliefs unite against animal cruelty!"
"I know that George was'nt the same person when he began and when he finish the 30 days, but I was waiting for him to say, I won't hunt and eat meat anymore."
"(G)iven that he demonstrated a willingness to endorse the existence of "animal rights" (the necessary first step) we should all be comforted that open-minded people *do* exist and can be persuaded to consider a viewpoint different from their own. We should not only be thankful for George's open-mindedness, we should emulate it. To be a persuasive speaker, one must first be an attentive listener."
"Personally, it all didn't go deep enough for me. Lot of lip service."
That's just a fraction of it (you can see all of it here), but you can see there's quite a range of reaction - just as there is when hunters talk about issues of concern to us. It's a healthy reminder that even when some of the organizations that represent us say extreme things that make us cringe, we don't march in lockstep with them.
And on that note, I think it's time to log off, unplug and get my kayak out to the lake.
© Holly A. Heyser 2008