AJC Condemns PETA Exhibit Comparing America Slavery to Treatment of Animals
AJC Condemns PETA Exhibit Comparing America Slavery to Treatment of Animals|
August 23, 2005 - NEW YORK - The American Jewish Committee, a 100-year old organization dedicated to upholding the civil rights of all Americans, today expressed outrage at the callous use by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) of slavery imagery in an exhibit traveling across the country.
The AJC totally rejects the analogy PETA has constructed by placing images of the enslavement, lynching and burning of black men, highlighting one of the most shameful periods of American history, side by side with the harsh treatment of farm animals. A previous PETA ad campaign that juxtaposed photos of Nazi death camps inmates with farm animals was equally as disturbing.
While PETA enjoys the benefits of freedom of speech and the right to take this disturbing "exhibit" on the road, it also has the responsibility not to trivialize slavery or the Holocaust by false analogies. These images should be withdrawn immediately.
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