Mirror, mirror, on the wall who in the land is silliest of all?
Exhibit one: In Year of the Dog we travel with two hysterical vegans, Peggy (Molly Shannon) and Newt (Peter Sarsgaard). They both have issues. And, in one memorable scene, Peggy returns to Newt’s house to pick up her dog. Just one slight problem though. Or as Newt tearfully declares: “Valentine killed Buttons.”
Now I wasn’t expecting Peggy’s “devil dog” to kill Newt’s “toy tog” – and I certainly wasn’t expecting vegan Newt to send Valentine to his death. But it makes one wonder.
Exhibit two: In real life, Joaquin Phoenix, is standing up for rabbit-eating snakes.
Millions of reptiles are slaughtered each year and turned into shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories. These helpless animals are viewed as a commodity by those who poach and hunt them, and these creatures suffer as their skin is pulled off their bodies while they are still alive. Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix refuses to support an industry based on such cruelty and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the exotic-skins trade in his exclusive video for PETA.
Joaquin is calling for major fashion houses, such as Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, to choose compassion over cruelty by eliminating exotic-skins from their collections. Please join Joaquin and send Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo a polite message asking them to stop selling exotic-skins.
Compassionate companies, such as Nike, H&M, and Overstock.com, have agreed not to sell exotic-skins. With tons of fashionable and cruelty-free alternatives there is no reason for animals to suffer for a wardrobe.
First of all try and get your head around the fact that snakes are patronizingly characterized as helpless reptiles. Then, try to do the same with the fact that Nike is now seen as a compassionate company, because apparently little Asian hands make the best shoes now.
I don’t know about Phoenix, but when an Eastern Brown Snake slithered past me last year, the word victim didn’t spring to mind. And how do you tell a mother rabbit that her son was killed because one PETA activist doesn’t like conservatives being mean to bunny-eating snakes? (Or shooting them for that matter.)
The point being that life isn’t always as black and white as Hollywood’s vegans make out. When you think about it, Muslim fundamentalists are not all that different from those self-styled animal-rights activists, like Phoenix. They’re not exactly pro-lifers, for starters. They really love the color green. They hate pork-eating Westerners. Plus, they seem so intense. And angry. I should also ask, Is Joaquin Phoenix really a cruelty-free celeb?
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information, see Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.