As with the fake cat-abuse video, the goal was to incite outrage over eating meat. The “chef” in the now-famous scene even went to the trouble of accenting the main course with a side of vegetables. Why this particular stunt—and why now? Because Australians are preparing for their annual barbecues celebrating Australia Day on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Shocking even for PETA, the demonstration was labelled “disturbing” by Sydney residents. Even worse, the scene outside the shopping mall was viewed by area school children who were at the mall during their summer break. While the kids left the scene visibly distraught, PETA didn’t bat an eye over its off-color display, determined to make Australians reconsider their holiday cookout plans.
As for that prop dog, the word “prop” says it all. The fake dog was visibly manipulated by an actor in the course of quite a performance. As PETA pushes its anti-hunting, vegan agenda, it acts out the scene for which it excels: distorting facts and spreading fake news to draw attention to its platform. As NRAHLF.org has noted in the past, unfortunately the next shoe ultimately will fall—it always does.
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About the Author: NRA Life member, award-winning outdoor TV host and recreational real estate associate broker Phil Phillips of Hayden Outdoors has hunted five continents, taking more than 200 big-game animals and nearly 60 species worldwide. Prior to hosting hunting programs, he started Colorado's first Ranching for Wildlife Program for antelope, which he ran for 15 years. Working alongside professional land managers to restore and protect habitat, Phil went on to guide clients to 500-plus big-game animals that have qualified for the record book. In 1992 Safari Club International honored him as the North American Bowhunting Outfitter of the Year. Email Phil at email@example.com.