Tweet of the Day: What is the difference between a woman and a chicken?

Tweet of the Day: What is the difference between a woman and a chicken?
Image: (Left) Jon Beard/Shutterstock; (Right) YouTube screen grab (via PETA)

The “riddle” encompassed in the above headline is enigmatic … as well it should be.

It’s not a question I would have thought to ask if it weren’t for a tweet by Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.

It’s hard to say what prompted the message at a time when the country is embroiled in its latest war of words, this one over the takeaway from last Sunday’s terrorist attack on a gay night club in Orlando. One common theme shared by both the liberal reaction to the massacre and Newkirk’s tweet was discrimination — in their case against the LGBT community, in hers… well — here’s the tweet:

Like other fringe elements of the American progressive movement in the twenty-first century, the PETA crowd has always been something of the odd man out. Yes, the left would sooner save an animal’s life than a human fetus’s, but that arises out of a mutual, and perverse, disregard for human life.

This comes through in another of Newkirk’s tweets, mostly directed at scoffers who ridiculed her original message:

Actually, PETA’s official stance on abortion, as Newkirk clarifies further on in the thread, is that they have none.

To care at all about human life would evidently distract attention from PETA’s sole focus.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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