People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was mocked on Twitter after claiming “supremacy” is the reason people eat animals.
The group, which has been grown more controversial and extreme with the advent of social media, tweeted over the weekend, “Supremacy is at the root of why people think it’s okay to eat other animals.”
The tweet was immediately ridiculed as meat-eaters flooded the reply section.
“I will fully admit I am supreme to animals. Feels good to be able to eat 100% beef fed beef tonight,” one user replied.
“False. Taste is the root of why people eat animals,” another account answered.
As PETA likely intended, certain replies garnered responses from the account.
“Why do other animals think it’s ok to eat other animals?” a user pondered.
“Most of the animals who kill for food could not survive if they didn’t. That is not the case for us. Humans are capable of making choices based on ethics and are responsible for making the most ethical choices possible and doing our best to reduce suffering of any kind,” PETA replied.
The group has previously referred to people who eat meat as “slumbering in speciesism” – or what it describes as the belief that all other animal species are inferior to humans, which it deems incorrect.
PETA President’s Unhinged Final Request
Earlier this month, Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, said she updated her will to request that her flesh be cooked and her body processed as goods post-mortem.
“I am deathly serious,” Newkirk said in an interview with Fox News.
Her will reportedly specifies that her flesh should be cooked with onions in a “human barbecue” in order to make the point that “flesh is flesh”.
“You can barbecue my flesh and you’ll smell it cooking with those onions, and you’ll think, ‘Oh, I want some of that.’ But it will make you think,” she said.
She also wants her skin used to make leather goods such as a belt and a purse.