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PETA promises lettuce-clad ladies and a cow sanctuary to a 14-year-old boy in Louisiana.

When a Louisiana teen named Logan asked his parents if he could go on a 19-day trip to Great Britain with People to People, a student ambassador travel program, his parents knew it would be tough to raise the $8,000 needed for the trip. Logan is the middle child in a family of six children, so that’s a big chunk of change to come up for just one child.

So, his parents decided to organize a Cow Raffle. For just $10/ticket, raffle participants can win a steer, either live or processed. If the winner chooses the beef option, the family will even buy the freezer for all of the meat. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and the winner will be announced on May 15. To me, it sounds like a clever way to raise some money for this trip but, of course, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sees it differently.

It’s no secret that PETA sells scandal. Their salacious Super Bowl ads in recent years have been deemed too racy for TV, and their posters of nude celebs wearing nothing but lettuce leaves and bunny rabbits have earned this animal rights organizations a down-right raunchy status in my book. And, forget the animals. PETA doesn’t really care about animals. If they did, then they wouldn’t have killed nearly 90% of the dogs and cats in the care of its Virginia headquarters’ animal shelter last year. The facility euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes, according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services

When PETA heard about the Louisiana boy’s innocent fundraiser, they sent him a message that is beyond inappropriate. Thanks to a blog at Chicks On The Right for sharing excerpts of the letter, which included statements like this:

"Call me crazy, but it just seems a little strange to me that you feel that someone needs to die in order for you to go on a school trip. Know what I mean? Aside from the fact that cows also don't want to be hoisted into the air by their back legs and have their throats slit while they're fully conscious, the 400-600 lbs. of beef that you would process wouldn't be doing anyone any favors. Eating meat can be a recipe for disaster in the form of heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even impotence—something I'm sure no one in your town, particularly the fellas, would be too pleased about.

“Would you consider allowing me to work with you to move the cow to a reputable sanctuary where he or she can live out the rest of his or her days freely (as nature intended)? In return, I'd like to work with you directly on your fundraising efforts by helping you raise money in a way that doesn't cost someone their life. One idea I’d like to suggest would be a veggie dog sale in your community hosted by PETA's bikini-clad Lettuce Ladies. Of course, I'd be down to brainstorm other creative, eye-catching (and totally newsworthy) ideas with you if this is something you'd like to work with me on.  I'd also love to send you some free goodies! So, if that's something you're interested in, just shoot me an e-mail back with your full mailing address, and I’ll send some free swag your way."

Excuse me, PETA. But, do you think talking about impotence and sending X-rated photos of your Lettuce Ladies is an acceptable letter to send to a teenager, much less anyone? Not to mention, promising to offer sanctuary for a cow that they would more than likely euthanize, PETA has certainly crossed a line by targeting our nation’s youth in this manner. This isn’t the first time PETA has targeted America’s young people. They’ve been known to show up at state fairs and target 4-H youth for showing livestock.

A Closer Look: Leave 4-H Kids Alone, PETA 

As usual, the best advice I can give on this entire deal is to ignore PETA, as they are certainly looking for some media attention, be it positive or negative. And, I think the bloggers at Chicks On The Right sum it best, “Support Logan. Buy some raffle tickets. Win a cow! Plus, PETA will hate you, and cows are delicious.” To purchase a raffle ticket, check out the Facebook page for The Cow Raffle here.

What do you think about PETA’s latest theatrics? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 52

wesmetzker (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

wow!! all i can say is dont tread on me and i wont tread on you!!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

...pass the gravey....

Sigh (not verified)
on Sep 2, 2014

People Eating Tasty Animals: Stupid rotten bullies for animals since 1980

Innsbrook (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

If PETA is so concerned about the cow why don't they simply purchase all the raffle tickets. That would be true commitment on their part instead of standing on the sidelines and playing the role of obnoxious intruders in issuing shrill instructions to young Logan on how he should raise money for his trip. In the absence of that, Logan should reply to their message by asking if they are interested in buying raffle tickets, and if not, to move along and find another sand box to play in.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Agree! Great insight and recommendation for appropriate action. Hope Logan can send that, or maybe already has, to the PETA representative that wrote him.
johndykersmd@dykers.com

on Mar 27, 2013

Well, of course they wouldn't do that for fear that they would actually win the cow and have to find a way to euthanize it right away. They just love to stir the pot.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

You are so right on that statement! Thank you for making it easy for someone to understand simple English.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

If they bought all the tickets they would get the cow and they don't know what to do with it. You can keep a cow in L.A. right?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

thank you Amanda for keeping us informed

on Mar 27, 2013

Thank you for tuning in. I'm always looking for blog suggestions; this one was brought to my attention by a reader. So feel free to send tips my way!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

When I was that age, I would have voted for the girls in bikinis. Say what you want about PETA, they have some good looking followers.

Sorry, I am just calling it like I see it.

on Mar 27, 2013

Okay, that's probably true. But, as a parent, would you appreciate PETA sending X-rated photos to your child?

ZzAa (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

I think BEEF producers, cattle associations, USDA, should get together and publish that letter in a newspaper, TV news, so those PETA fans and people that do not know nothing about nothing would understand how PETA works, especially about dogs and cats. Also, I think we as cowboys; cowgirls and country music lovers should stop listening CARRIE UNDERWOOD a PETA fan. I dont know how somoe body can be a country singer, born in OK in a farm can became a PETA fan...

on Mar 27, 2013

I totally agree! I sure don't listen to Carrie Underwood. Check out my past blog posts on the topic:http://beefmagazine.com/search/results/Carrie%20Underwood

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 1, 2013

Very well said! As cattle producers, we need to stand up and support our industry and way of life. Most people do not know the true facts on PETA. Publishing the truth about the radical group at PETA and any public figure whom supports them would give a lot of much needed insight to the general public.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

I have noticed lately that the animal rights groups have elevated animals to the same level as humans. They are still animals and that is why we care for them as we do on our farms and ranches.

on Mar 27, 2013

This is spot-on. They are no longer fighting for animal welfare; they want animal rights -- as in animals have the same rights as people.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Let's not sensationalize things here... Yes, the letter to this young man is quite ridiculous... But lettuce clad ladies aren't as profane as your comments suggest, and impotence is discussed nightly in ads for the myriad of products now available to combat it... It's not going to be the first time he's heard that word. I respect, and agree with your perspective here Amanda. But when you hyperbolize to the extent that PETA has in their letter, it detracts from your credibility.

Yrrek (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Seconded. Well said.

on Mar 27, 2013

Did you click on the link? The blog I referred to in my post had the actual photo of the Lettuce Ladies that this boy received in the mail. These women were not wearing beach bikinis; they were wearing something you would find in the centerfold of Play Boy. Sorry, but if this was my child, I would be incredibly upset that my son had gotten this in the mail. That's not sensationalizing things; it's sharing what these animal rights activists are up to, and frankly, their main target is animal agriculture.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 1, 2013

You are right on Amanda! I have a son I would not want to receive such a letter. PETA has a way of trying to get to anyone associated in agriculture! They are a bunch of radicals with nothing better to worry about. Their nude ads and other publicity stunts are the things desperate and crazy people have to do to get attention! They need a real hobby or a real job, maybe both!

Ddee Haynes (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

This is so wrong is so many ways! Good luck young man! I hope you raise more then enough money to go on your trip!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Totally absurd!!! Paraphrasing.. "have to kill someone"; PETA believes that a cow is "someone"... Crazy bunch of suckers! Suppose with calling a cow "someone", do they propose to give a cow a soul? I do believe they sort-of threatened the young man with the wording of their deal.... They need to run off in the ditch and stay there, mired-in-the-mud!!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Lets buy them (PETA) a plane ticket to a third world country and leave them there for a year.

Rebecca (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Yes, a cow is a "someone" - an individual with thoughts, feelings and a will to live.

Clete LaBoe (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Do you really believe that a cow is capable of thinking????? Have you ever worked with animals on a farm?? Have you ever been on a farm?? Have you ever seen a cow up close and personal???? I didn't think so.

CalfRaiser (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

I work intensely with cows and calves on a farm, and yes, I do think they think. They recognize us, their surroundings, their likes and dislikes, and we owe it to them to treat them compassionately and give them as comfortable and stress-free life as possible. At the end of the day, we are asking them to work for us or to give themselves for us. I will always be an advocate for animal agriculture and showing the general public how we support fair treatment of animals - if it isn't a moral choice, it sure is economically because everyone knows the less stressed an animal is, the decreased chance it will be a dark cutter, or how much more milk she will produce! I love this article, but I don't love your comment.

billyboy (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

Clete you ever try to gather cattle? They do think about ways to get out of a pen or a herd thats trying to be gathered for working.With that said PETA is a bunch of idiots in my book, let em go to India to live cause they worship cattle there.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Really? Does she grow up hoping her young calf will graduate harvard? And wait to go frolicking through the field with her grandchildren? Or does the cow spend it's day thinking I wonder when i'm going to get food, it sure would be nice to have more food, I think I'll walk around in search of food, oh look food I think i'll eat it... I mean really lets not make the cow into something its not.

on Mar 27, 2013

Rebecca, as beef producers, we know that an animal is dying to produce the steaks, hamburgers and beef by-products to nourish the world. Cattle provide everything from burgers, to marshmallows, to insulin for diabetics, to makeup and deodorant, to crayons ad paintbrushes, to asphalt for our road ways...the list goes on and on. I respect these animals and know their life is being honored by taking care of so many others.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

How do we buy a raffle ticket?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Ok and I was in a meat science class last year and we experienced first hand what it is like to harvest meat...and what PETA described in their letter is NOTHING similar to what we did..goes to show how they like to leave out info to twist people's views

on Mar 27, 2013

According to what I've seen in other news and blog reports, those interested in raffle tickets, can go to The Cow Raffle on Facebook, or email: thecowraffle@gmail.com. The cost of raffle tickets is $10 each.

Joe Roybal

Melissa V. (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

My 10 daughter needed to raise money for a cheerleading trip to nationalsbin Florida last year and so we donated a calf to be raffled off. It was no big deal around here and the person that won the calf has it butchered and donated the meat to a couple of families that were needy. I would rather feed starving children then have to see a cow in a sanctuary!

on Mar 27, 2013

That's great that the raffle idea worked so well for your daughter! Congratulations! And, I agree that it would be a waste to see a cow in a sanctuary vs. helping hungry families!

Mathena (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Maybe PETA should try raffling off some of those cats and dogs they've been bumping off.

Lori (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Terrorizes? Really? That letter is mild in the extreme. It doesn't even qualify for harassment, much less terrorizing. C'mon.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

PETA seems to attack "soft" targets. Where were they when the Michael Vic story broke? Why aren't they picketing his games?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

If it was my child PETA would have a major problem with me and the law. That young man is a minor (and not knowing the families religious views) PETA sent him links to soft porn. So don't eat meat and save the cow but it is okay to degrade women and send porn links.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

this is crazy i used to think PETA were just Animal lovers like me i mean i believe in treating pets right, but i'm not a vegan i do love to eat meat my fave being Steak, this cow would of gone to slaughter raffle or no raffle so PETA are wasting time and money on something that isn't none of there concern cows die everyday thats because the majority of us humans love to eat meat not just that but us humans were made to eat it we need to eat meat to get certian minerals and vitamins into our bodies. this as changed my view of PETA i will now not even pay an attention to there ads. they have lost a fan.

Steve Mynes (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

If you have to use sex to try to push/sell your product....then it's probably not a good enough product to stand on its own. If you don't like to eat meat, fine to each their own, but don't try to force others to your way of life.

Chris Bandelier (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

PETA can go to h::l I raise beef and I and my wife hunt we eat what we kill and are raising our daughters to do the same. I hope he enjoys his trip.

on Mar 27, 2013

Thanks everyone for the great discussion today. I really appreciate the give and take!

NFRbullrider (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

I think the kid owes PETA a big thank you. Thanks to their generosity and ignorance they helped spread the word of this kids fundraiser like fire. Raise the money and take the trip and treat yourself to a good steak for all your hard work!

As the old saying goes.... BEEF, IT WHAT'S FO DINNER!

Shirley Betzner (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

Humans are omnivores, plain and simple. Obviously some people chose what and what not to eat. IF you want to believe in the bible... the animals were put there for man to use. IF you don't believe in that.... thats up to anyone to decide.
I love all my cows... and their babies... but in the end, they all end up in the supermarket, fast food chain, or our freezer. The end. Go Logan!!

Keith Griffith (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

Way back in my childhood english class I learned that a human was a someone; anything else was a something. Long before that God said mankind had dominion over cattle, herbs, ect. for our meat (Genesis 1:24-31). Apostle Paul also addressed the PETA crowd (1 Timothy 4:1-7)...''commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be recieved with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.''PETA should buy enough tickets to win the cow and then they could decide its future. If I won, it would be meat for me.

Bea Elliott (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

To wrap up several thoughts and replies into one comment - First a disqualifier... I am not associated with peta. If anyone looks at my blog there's 5 years worth of evidence of such.

As to the photos of "lettuce ladies" - An age-verifiable link was sent. Not the actual photos. It was misleading to indicate such. The other point is... If the boy is going to Europe and is a teen... Odds are he's going to see much more provocative images. The parents might want to restrict his travel (and internet access) if they believe he's still too vulnerable to that kind of imagery.

On the point of anyone spending $8,000 for a week trip... I'd highly suggest reading Peter Singer's The Life You Can Save. $8,000 would go a long way in places of extreme poverty where people are living on less than $1.00/day.

To those who chose words like the cow "gives" his life "for" us. Well, that's simply not true either is it? Like it or not the lives of these animals is stolen - By force - By might - By terrorizing violence... Each and ever time.

Finally for those who attempt to use written words quoted by an ancient deity... Isn't it a coincidence that it's assumed that what a god would be permit and what humans monetarily benefit from are the same?

Fifty years ago I was taught to be generous and compassionate - I finally got what that really means thanks to some long overdue critical thinking. In the end I've come to realize that no god commands anyone to eat meat. And that no one will betray their faith if they choose to be kind.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2013

I am wondering if our cows are being so personalized, Then maybe they should also get the right to vote. I am sure they have the same political view that I have, as my views seem to be for the betterment of them.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 30, 2013

while i find peta disreputable on so many levels, i dont understand why everyone`s up in arms over provocative photos being sent to this "child". hes 19.. he`s a legal adult not a child, or a "youth" or a "boy" he`s a grown man.

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