Forget Humans, PETA Should Protest Ants
I'm not a huge fan of PETA. If they just stuck to stopping the abuse of animals, I would thinker higher of them. Heck, I would probably be willing to join them! I would even host the annual Bar-B-Q featuring all of the animals we saved.
My problem with this group of people is that they don't really care that their mission statement sounds more like a religious zealot's incoherent ravings, than that of a respected organization. They use gimmicks and sex to promote themselves. They tend to make outrageous statements just to get attention. They hold the stupidest protests, without ever thinking about the humans they are affecting - or maybe they just don't care about hurting their own species. Which, by the way, is still an animal...
According to home-page of the PETA website:
Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.
Forget the fact that humans are omnivores, and our bodies are made to digest proteins.
Forget the fact that the world is full of carnivores that live primarily off of other animals.
Forget the fact that we waste tons of natural resources each year in order to make non-animal clothing.
Forget the fact the bible says in Genesis 26:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Throw all that out. Heck, take Man out of the equation, and you still have an animal that goes against everything PETA stands for...The Melissotarsus ants of continental Africa and Madagascar. These ants actually have herds of other insects that they use for food. There are other ants that raise insects for milk.
And, of course, no species would be complete without their own version of "hippies". There is a group of ants that actually cultivate their own crops and fungus. I'm assuming that these ants also hold little picket signs when they're not too busy patting themselves on the back...