P.E.T.A. Hampering Democrat Visions

Sometimes when you do your part to conserve the environment, P.E.T.A. will have a campaign to negate your efforts.

My husband and I love to make our own food, from beer, to cheese, to sausage, we try to produce whatever we can ourselves. Our newest adventure is raising our own tilapia through aquaculture. I personally congratulated myself on my new hobby, I thought I was taking the environmentally conscious route by harvesting my own fish, so I wasn't depleting natural populations. Then I find out that the extreme left wing animal rights group P.E.T.A. has a problem with this.

My dilemma:

1: Fishing (or angling, as environmentalists call it), is bad because it depletes the natural population, thus causing an apocalyptic imbalance, where all life will end as we know it...

2. Fish "farming" (aquaculture) is even worse, because these highly intelligent life-forms have feelings, too, and besides being crowded in a pen, they contaminate the surrounding areas, killing native populations, and thus causing an apocalyptic imbalance, and ending all life as we know it on the planet.

I could go on to apply this to cows, pigs, chickens, etc... You will find the same type of information on their site

Fishinghurts.com, is a website by P.E.T.A. dedicated to how people who farm fish should be subject to the same animal cruelty laws as those who torture their pet dog. No, I'm not kidding...

Doesn't the left complain all day about how we need to save the world's starving population? Fish (as well as other meats) is an excellent source of protein, and vitamins. When you provide these communities with the materials and plans such as the one I'm going to use, the poor can have their own healthy food source. But, leave it to P.E.T.A. to conflict with their liberal comrades.

Democrats have the hardest time with themselves when it comes to their visions. They want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but their environmentalist counterparts do not want us to drill in the tundra (and that fight is led by Democrat Barbara Boxer: site), where we could supply our own source. Democrats want to find alternative sources of power, but environmentalists squawk at the options of windfarms (I had protests in my community of 850, about killing raptors) and nuclear power (Greenpeace's site against nuclear power). Sounds to me that the Dems should dump the environmentalist extremists, if they ever want to dig themselves out of the "flip-flop" term their party earned this past election.

P.E.T.A. has a had an on-going campaign for people to "go veg". You will NOT save the world's poor by making them eat lettuce and grass. After reading various sites, experts suggest humans should not consume less than 1200 calories per day. A simple example:

1 cup of iceberg lettuce contains 6.6 calories, .5 grams of protein, and mere milligrams of any vitamins. You would have to eat bushels of lettuce to get your daily caloric needs, and you wouldn't pull much actual nutrition from it anyway. Substitute any vegetable you want, and yes, there are some fantastic greens out there with high vitamin counts, but you will still lack the actual caloric energy needed to sustain an active life, and be short on very important nutrients sustained from meats.

Now, a 3 ounce serving of perch (a common freshwater fish), contains 100 calories, 21.2 grams of protein, is an important source of iodine (to prevent goiter in 3rd world countries) contains amino acids important for cell repair, vitamin A, has a type of fat that is easy to digest, and is a HUGE source of calcium, important for bones. I don't care which vegetable you compare a fish with, it will not stand up in nutritional value.

Humans are omnivores, and studies have concluded that it was when we developed hunting weapons to kill more meat, that we advanced in our evolution. The process became co-dependent, the more meat we consumed, the larger our brains became, thus the better technology we were able to invent.

How can the left on one hand crow: "Save the starving poor", yet on the other hand, crow: "People should be vegetarians!!!". ???

I think an excellent solution to conserve wild food populations is to "farm ____ (insert your food choice)". Whether it be on a larger scale for a community that is starving, or for people like me, who just want to feed their family good food. Also, combining meat with vegetables is a smart choice, one that evolution has proven to be successful. That's information that environmentalists try their hardest to discount. If organizations such as P.E.T.A. and the various eco-extremists were abandoned by their Democratic supporters, much more in the way of reducing foreign oil dependence, abating hunger, and producing cleaner energy could be accomplished.

Posted by Lisa Zeimetz at May 18, 2005 11:27 AM