I don't appreciate or accept Miriam's suggestion that "so many" far-left groups have anti-semitic roots. (Some may have anti-semitic members. But roots? Hardly.) Nor do I think she's right that PETA's new campaign against a kosher slaughterhouse is about Shchita or inherently anti-Semitic.
For starters, PETA concedes Miriam's primary point on the campaign website itself. "Kosher slaughter is more than twice as well regulated as conventional slaughter and is supposed to be more humane." PETA knows shchita is supposed to be more humane, but they don't care because PETA opposes meat-eating in all forms, regardless of how the cow is killed.
PETA, in their own words, operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. It's on their website. It's why they are in business. One might conclude, that this "simple principle" is why PETA opposes the Postville abettoir.
Ah, but not Miriam. Clever Miriam saw through all that. PETA doesn't love animals. They hate Jews.
And other groups, too, presumably.
Look at PETA's campaign to ban fur. Naked woman were placed in cages in public venues, and we were taught to chant "fur is murder!"(Note: Don't say this to hasidim. They won't remove their shtrimals) All this fuss and for what? Some silly racoons? Discerning students of the Bloghead school know an "anti-rich-movie-stars" campaign when they see one.
And what about the PETA campaign to convince us that fish are intelligent and deserving of respect? Was this merely a fight for animal rights? Or does PETA have it in for small children who love tuna fish sandwiches in their lunchboxes?
Sometimes, Miriam, a cigar is just a cigar. The Shchita campaign is in keeping with everything PETA does. There is no reason to presume a nefarious subtext.