I have to laugh when I see PETA continually being cited by numerous main media outlets when it comes to the heated debate over Eight Belles. It’s a great example of what happens when money and celebrity get behind something - logic goes out the window.
(No meat, no milk, no pets, no hunting or fishing … no problem!)
We all know about the kooks running PETA, and their laughable approach to animal rights. Actually, forget laughable, sometimes their views are downright insane. But the organization has plenty of cash and Hollywood star power behind it, so when it rushed out a press release in an attempt to weigh in first on measures that should be taken to protect racehorses, suddenly the MSM treated PETA like it was a well-measured consortium of animal lovers.
Mind you, this is the same PETA that believes in “no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no wool, no leather, no hunting, no fishing, and no pets (not even seeing-eye dogs).”
And teaches schoolchildren that, “everyday behaviors, such as eating a diet that contains meat or animal products, are unmistakably, unequivocally acts of animal cruelty.“
So now thousands of outlets are printing PETA’s views on Eight Belles and horse racing at large. And ESPN has cited PETA hundreds (thousands?) of times on its numerous platforms this week.
If PETA didn’t have major celebs like Pam Anderson (in quasi-porn ads for the cause), Tony LaRussa and Alec Baldwin in fold, do you think that would all be happening?
But all that isn’t the worst in the PETA-Eight Belles fiasco. Thanks to the Tirico & Van Pelt show on ESPN Radio yesterday, we now know that the organization is a complete fraud when it comes to understanding the very basics of horse racing.
Michael David Smith of FANHOUSE has the exchange:
Tirico: Did he do something that other jockeys haven’t done in the recent past?
(PETA Spokesman Nicole Matthews): Well, horse racing is a dirty, greedy money game.
Tirico: OK, that’s a big picture question, Nicole, and I understand that and we can get that for a brief moment in a minute. But come back to my point. Did he do something that somebody in the seventh race at the Derby didn’t do?
Matthews: Well, you know, thoroughbreds are raced on hard dirt surfaces, too young and too often and they’re whipped viciously as they come down the stretch.
Tirico: Let me try my question a third time. Did he do something that a jockey didn’t do in the sixth race at Churchill Downs Saturday
Matthews: [inaudible] horses is a standard practice, of course.
Guess Tirico strayed too far off the talking points for Ms. Matthews. Either that or she was too occupied with brewing up a Brussel Sprouts smoothie to answer coherently.