[ Note: I got really angry about this, and my language below is less than civil. If swearing offends you, I would stop reading now. ]
If you haven’t already heard, last week there was a killing on a Canadian Greyhound bus travelling through Manitoba; the attacker brutally killed and then decapitated his victim for no apparent reason. From the CBC story:
A 40-year-old man is in custody in Manitoba after a young man was stabbed — and, witnesses said, decapitated — aboard a Greyhound bus travelling through the province overnight.
The RCMP would not confirm the reports of beheading, saying only that a stabbing took place around 8:30 p.m. CT on an eastbound Greyhound bus on the Trans-Canada Highway about 20 kilometres west of Portage la Prairie.
The suspect, believed to be from outside Manitoba, was arrested early Thursday morning after a standoff lasting several hours and remains in RCMP custody .
The witnesses described a horrific scene on the bus:
Garnet Caton, who was sitting in the seat in front of the victim, said he saw the attacker stab his seatmate, a young man sleeping with his headphones on.
Caton said he heard a “blood-curdling scream” and turned around to see the attacker holding a large “Rambo” hunting knife above the victim, “continually stabbing him in the chest area.”
“He must have stabbed him 50 times or 60 times,” said Caton.
“Like, just everywhere, arms, legs, neck, chest, guts, wherever he could swing it, he got it,” said Olmstead.
This was a terrible crime committed by an obviously deranged individual. So, one might ask, what is the appropriate response to such a tragedy? Well, if you’re one of the mentally deficient members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), it’s time to launch an ad making political hay out of someone’s death! The CBC alerted me to this, and I went to PETA’s site to see it for myself. I’m not going to repost the ad here, because I absolutely refuse to give those fuckwits the free publicity, but suffice it to say that that they compare the slaughter of animals for food to the brutal and random murder of an innocent victim on a bus.
Let me be clear on this. I don’t have a problem with PETA taking the stance they do on eating meat. I don’t agree with it, but I don’t have a problem with the stance itself. However, to use the tragic slaying of this man as a prop for an ad is something that I find disgusting and inexcusable. I call my blog ‘Mild Opinions’ because I prefer to engage in reflection and quiet debate (well, with a few exceptions), but I’m going to put that on hold for the moment to give voice to my rage about this: PETA, fuck you. It is times like this that make me wish that karma was real, because you absolutely deserve to have the giant bird of karma crap all over you, you bunch of drooling ass-clowns.
On the upside, at least someone is thinking clearly:
In its statement, PETA said it intended to run the notice in the Portage Daily Graphic, the local newspaper in Portage la Prairie, Man. PETA also sent out a news release to major media outlets across Canada announcing its plan to run the ad in the Manitoba paper, according to a story on the newspaper’s website Wednesday.
The paper’s publisher Barry Clayton, however, said the advertisement is in bad taste and will not be allowed to run.
Bravo, Mr. Clayton. PETA says that it may try and run the ad elsewhere, and I invite anyone reading this to join me in writing letters to any newspaper that they try to pull this stunt in to condemn their actions.
*sigh*. Between this and the firebombing animal rights activists, I’m about ready to give up on humanity today.
[ Note: for a dash of nearly comedic parallelism, you can read about the ‘bus rage’ ads that Greyhound itself pulled in response to the events on its bus. Edit: Greyhound isn’t to blame for this one – it was just really bad timing and even worse luck. ]