PETA protects animals, but does it exploit filmmakers?Fri Oct 15, 2010 @ 12:30PM PST
By Eriq Gardner
Warning: This post contains scenes of animal brutality, women stripping, and ahem, claims of aggravated copyright infringement.
Over the past few years, few organizations have created more hot viral videos on the web than the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal rights group has created confrontational spots that have featured celebrities, ambushed consumer brand products, and supermodels taking off their clothes. In many of these videos, a bit of eye-candy is delivered with some hard medicine. For example, in PETA's famous spot, "State of the Union Undress," a woman talks about animal cruelty while taking off her clothes, before a montage of animal brutality is shown to the viewer, such as beaks removed from chickens.
But where does PETA get these nasty images? One would hardly expect them to participate in the activity it deems repellant, right? Here may be a partial answer.