Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This is Your Brain on PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (NAMBLA) has produced a television commercial depicting two parents encouraging their teenage daughter to have sex. "What if I get pregnant?" the thoughtful girl asks. In response, her mother encourages her to "pop out all the kids you can". The point of the ad is summed up in this closing statement: "Parents shouldn't act this way. Neither should people with dogs and cats. Always spay or neuter." PETA's president, Ingrid Newkirk, hopes that people will see the similarities between encouraging promiscuous teen sex and lopping the sex organs off of your pets. Does that mean we should spay or neuter our children? Or does it mean we should sit our dogs and cats down and explain how condoms work? The wisdom of getting your pets fixed aside, there's some faulty logic here. But, of course, it's no more faulty than the logic that allows Newkirk to take animal-produced insulin while telling other people they shouldn't. Here's the ad:

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