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Board attacks Peta

Last updated: 2004-05-11

The Board of Deputies has criticised animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), for their advertising campaign based on unacceptable comparisons of factory farming with the Holocaust.

Peta have used images of emaciated Holocaust victims and prisoners of concentration camps to describe the suffering of animals. They do so in the clear knowledge that such use of Holocaust imagery is an abuse of the memory of the Holocaust and all those who perished during it.

The Board applauds the decision by the Greater London Authority to ban a planned exhibition by Peta in the centre of London entitled “Holocaust on Your Plate”. However other authorities in some of Britain’s largest cities have failed to object to the exhibition.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “These latest shock tactics by Peta are completely unacceptable. Peta may well believe that the treatment of animals is comparable to that of Holocaust victims. But at the same time, Peta has a duty to recognise that such an abuse of imagery as a selling point in an advertising campaign causes enormous offence to victims of the Holocaust and their families. To promote vegetarianism is a perfectly respectable point of view, but to do so on the back of the Holocaust is obscene. Anyone with the slightest understanding of the horrific events of the Holocaust would recognise that there is no comparison between the killing of animals for food and the systematic murder of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims.”