PETA goes too far…again

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PETA, A Cow's LifePhoto by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News What started as a hands-on lesson about dairy farming may end up in court.

Students at Calabash Charter Academy elementary school in Woodland Hills, Calif., were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a dairy calf as part of lesson on dairy farming, an industry responsible for contributing upwards of $63 billion into the state’s economy.

According to a local CBS news affiliate, the excitement was cut short as a group of PETA volunteers handed out pamphlets to the students. The pamphlet was designed as comic titled “A Cow’s Life,” and most parents assumed the handouts were part of the presentation.

But to the horror of parents, the comic was filled with graphic images, including the electrocution of calves.

“The images are pretty graphic,” parent Shawn Belschner told CBS news. “They’re of mutilated cows, infected cows, cows being dehorned, cows in bad conditions. I don’t think it’s good for any child.”

Click here to read more from CBS news.

The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reports in an article here that Katie Arth, campaign manager for PETA, said the organization was contacted by the parent volunteers who wanted to show some concerns about the dairy industry at the same time of the planned dairy event.

"We've worked with educators to create the comic book, to present some of the other side of the dairy industry in a way that is age appropriate," Arth said.

Arth also noted the more graphic images in the handout were not intended for children and were included accidentally by a volunteer.

A spokeswoman for the district told the Los Angeles (Calif.) Daily News the district knew in advance that there would be a protest. However, a statement later released by the district disputed this claim.

Either way, parents believe PETA crossed the lines and are now considering take the issue to court.

“There’s plenty of time as an adult to learn about the horrors of the world,” said parent Shawn Belschner, who has reached out to the district and PETA to express his outage. “If they would have had a sign, if they had given it to parents, we probably wouldn’t be here right now. But they were handing it to little kids, asking ‘would you like a book about a cow’s life?’ That’s really sleazy tactics.”

Read, “Parents outraged by graphic PETA flier given to children at Calabash Charter Academy.”

PETA has since issued a public apology to the school’s principal and has offered to provide dairy-free ice cream sandwiches to both students and teachers. Read more.

This isn’t the first time PETA has targeted school-aged children. In 2012, a person dressed up as a carrot appeared outside of a Spokane, Wash., elementary school just as students were dismissed for the day. Last year, the group also cyber-bullied at 14-year old raffling a beef animal given to him to help pay for a trip to Europe.



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Simon Ritchie    
February, 11, 2014 at 09:17 AM

This is weird reporting. Not sure how PETA is supposed to be responsible when it was clearly a mom of a child at the school who took it upon herself to stick graphic adult-oriented leaflets into kid-oriented comics and pass them out to children. This report goes back and forth between saying that "PETA" did this and acknowledging that they weren't even there but some independent mom did this with their materials.

Simon Ritchie    
February, 11, 2014 at 09:18 AM

This is weird reporting. Not sure how PETA is supposed to be responsible when it was clearly a mom of a child at the school who took it upon herself to stick graphic adult-oriented leaflets into kid-oriented comics and pass them out to children. This report goes back and forth between saying that "PETA" did this and acknowledging that they weren't even there but some independent mom did this with their materials.

Sam    
Texas  |  February, 12, 2014 at 09:19 AM

The pamphlet came from peta... one atheist shuts down state...

Ron    
OH  |  February, 12, 2014 at 09:20 AM

PETA has an animal shelter in VA. They kill 80+% of the cats and dogs brought into the facility. Yet they are supposedly for animal rights???

Larry    
Sacremento  |  February, 12, 2014 at 09:52 AM

We need to keep PETA whackos away from kids. These crazy PETA nutjobs are probably pedophiles. I don't want these creepy liars having any contact with my children. If I was there I would take one of those slimy PETA clowns down and show 'em what they can do with their sleazy propaganda pamphlets.

Simon Ritchie    
February, 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

You would "take down" the mom (whose kid goes to the school) who was passing out the leaflets, Larry? Wow, brave man you are.

hjg    
February, 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Sorry Simon. I'm with Larry on this one (his language is a little coarse but his concept is spot on). No doubt there is more than one intrusive fanatic PETA mom at more than one school who desperately needs to have some good sense slapped into her ASAP. I'm OK with Larry goosing her into reality, though. Hey, it's a dirty job but...

Jackie    
February, 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

PETA, don't like the Dairy industrie, but the still like to give the kids free Dairy free ice cream, mmm. interesting.

Samantha    
February, 12, 2014 at 06:40 PM

Which makes sense. It's DAIRY FREE. By giving kids icecream that's dairy free they are in no way supporting the dairy industry.

ED& Emma    
MA  |  February, 12, 2014 at 09:22 PM

...if it's dairy free, it ain't ice cream!!!

Thom Katt    
Midwest  |  February, 13, 2014 at 06:18 PM

Simon, you misrepresented the PETA details. According to the San Jose News article, the mother that orchestrated the inserts is a volunteer for PETA. I doubt this was any accident as the PETA spokesperson claimed. Every time something like this happens, PETA claims 'accident' and tries to look innocent. People associated with PETA tend to be conivers of the highest degree. Also, the protest was organized. It wasn't one mother. It was a group. They set up on a public sidewalk just out off of the school's property. Pretty typical, sleazy PETA modus operandi. The school official said nothing could have been done since they were on public property. Not true. Wouldn't the school take action of a pedophile took up a position at the edge of the school grounds? How can the school officials know for certain that none of the protesters were in fact, child molesters or other such criminals. At the first sign of the protest, the local police force should have been called in.


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