I can understand some of PETA's stances... I suppose the frustration could be attributed to the people who exaggerate their callousness towards animals in order to aggravate the extremist animal rights people (who act just as rashly and obnoxious on the other side of the spectrum). There is a certain arrogance among people who aren't even willing to consider the idea of a "lesser" being having rights to life simply because it is not human. Yes, it is inappropriate for PETA to endanger the well being of people, but one argument seems to assume that PETA includes humans under the animal definition... which would technically mean that they would have to extend their services to people who would otherwise qualify for help from organizations like WEAVE, right? (ha-ha-ha-not-funny). They also create the separation with the title "PETA": People for the ethical treatment of Animals. I realize these are technicalities, but the inconsistencies are bothering me.
Anyway, people are either classified as animals (and, in a sense, as equals) or not... this is actually a common question i come across in vegan circles. Would a person choose eating an animal over cannibalism or would it be equally wrong? It seems as though most are bothered by the thought of cannibalism more so than meat as a whole, but many consider them equally revolting, while only a select (odd) few consider cannibalism less revolting than consuming a non-human animal.
Points where I find myself in agreement with some people who align themselves with PETA-like activities/mindsets:
-unnecessary consumption/waste of animal products, especially when it results in the death/abuse/exploitation of an animal (dilemma: conflicting and changing views on what exactly is unnecessary)
-human disruption of a habitat that results in endangering a species
-hunting for sport (though I would never vote to make hunting illegal)
hmmm... i was going to go on, but i'm done. it is likely that each person has at least one area in which he/she would be considered extreme/crazy by someone else. I'm not validating the actions of PETA, but I don't see the use in condemning them either.