PETA Jumps The Dolphin-Free Shark; Opens Own Porn Site

from the and-we-all-thought-we'd-seen-the-last-of-torture-porn-after-Saw-XXIII dept

Of all the entities looking to take advantage of the brand (dare I say, "spanking?") new .xxx TLD, I would imagine that most of us would have put PETA somewhere toward the bottom of the list. True, it has been known to throw around a lot of (human) skin in order to draw attention to boobs ass well-turned ankles the plight of suffering animals, but is PETA finally dropping the pretense (along with most of its proverbial clothing) and going all porno on us?

The answer is "yes," with a "but":

Reuters reported the story, saying the anti-animal cruelty organization is staking its claim to peta.xxx, which will serve as an animal cruelty awareness and pornography site. Peta has pushed the limits of its animal cruelty ads often in the past with near-nudity, racy slogans and a lot of shock value.
Never before in the history of everything ever has the phrase "animal cruelty awareness and pornography site" ever been uttered (or typed). It's truly a groundbreaking achievement, one that will likely be refreshingly free of bandwagon jumpers. Porn has long been known for "raising" things, but "animal cruelty awareness" has never been one of them. How exactly does PETA plan to do this? I'm glad/sickened you asked:
"As soon as people land on the site they will see some explicit content, those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for," Rajt said of the site's content. As they go deeper into the site, however, visitors will find graphic images of animal abuse.
Now, I'm no sociologist but I don't imagine that your average internetizen is going to be too interested in shocking images of animal abuse while abusing themselves. I could be wrong, but considering there are thousands of other cruelty-free porn sites available, I can't see this juxtaposition raising much more than frantic mouse fingers in a one-handed effort to steer back to a "happier place."

However, I can see this attracting a certain subset of society, one that usually ends up behind bars doing multiple life sentences after a long manhunt and several trips to secluded areas to identify dental records. The thought of someone steering towards PETA's proprietary blend of eroticism and animal torture by choice is more than a little disturbing. One can almost picture the "enthusiast" down in his basement, shouting "IT PUTS THE 'NOT APPROVED FOR COMMERCIAL SALE' LOTION ON THE SKIN" in the general direction of the petting zoo imprisoned at the bottom of a 6-foot-hole while dancing around to Moby's latest, making "Herbal Essence" noises and trying on a new prom dress made from the skin of last year's prom queen.

Most people view torturing animals as the first sign of a "troubled youth who always kept to himself until one day his house was swarmed by the SWAT team, at which point we all realized that the smell wasn't a backed-up sump pump, but dozens of decaying corpses." Somehow, combining porn and tortured animals seems like the sort of thing that someone should be monitoring (from an unmarked van) rather than using to "raise awareness."

Maybe it will all be just fine. PETA's spokesperson seems upbeat:
"It can be a pretty depressing subject," Rajt said about animal cruelty, "We hope it'll grab people's attention, get them talking, and ultimately get them to ask questions."
True that. People enjoying porn love to be interrupted by disturbing images and random conversation. This could bring about a whole new dialogue about animal testing, one that most likely will start with "Doesn't anyone knock anymore?" and ends with "It's not what it looks like. I was actually masturbating to normal porn."



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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 7:27am

    Happened to me once...

    "People enjoying porn love to be interrupted by disturbing images and random conversation."

    There I was, enjoying a solitary moment in my room as a teenager, when my father burst through the door with a napkin in his hand.

    "I just fucking smashed the shit out of this spider!" he claimed gleefully. "Now let's discuss the implications on life in general and...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN THAT GIMP MASK!!???"

    I've been addicted to animal abuse ever since....

     

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      Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 3:40pm

      Re: Happened to me once...

      If your profile picture is supposed to be sporting a gimp mask, I've been severely misinformed about what a "gimp mask" actually is.

      (That might also explain the odd "18+" requirement at the sci-fi conventions I'm asked/forced to attend...)

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:29am

    Shouldn't PETA be against beating meat?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:33am

    Tim, is there nothing beneath your notice?

     

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    Scote, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:34am

    Nudity does not equal porn

    As far as I've read so far, the proposed site is just an extension of PETA's naked people publicizing animal rights. PETA has promised "tantalizing" content, but the "porn" claims seem to be more hostile reaction to a publicity stunt than reality. I rather expect it will be less porn than, say, and episode of True Blood.

    PETA likes publicity. So far, this campaign with all the pearl clutching outrage to it is working very cost effectively.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:38am

    Inb4 Attorney general up for re-election declares this must be shut down because all the people who are abusing animals are going to this site.

     

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    ASTROBOI, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:43am

    PETA is strange.

    I am active in the area of animal rescue and I can tell you that PETA is viewed as a rather strange organization by mainstream animal activists. They maintain that just about all human-animal relationships are wrong. In addition to opposing animal abuse they are opposed to zoos, farm animals and pets. Yes, they feel living with an animal as a pet is wrong. They may even disparage service animals such as therapy dogs and guide dogs for blind persons. They kill dogs and cats that they have "rescued" to spare them the suffering of being somebody's pet and are opposed to the use of animal products in any form. I think some of them are opposed to shearing sheep for their wool. This extreme position benefits neither human nor animal. I am sure they are sincere in their beliefs but unfortunately they believe crazy stuff.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:49am

    "As soon as people land on the site they will see some explicit content, those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for," Rajt said of the site's content. As they go deeper into the site, however, visitors will find graphic images of animal abuse."

    Is this going to be like a "softcore" version of 4chan's /b?

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:00am

    Some info about PETA

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:04am

    People Eating Tasty Animals

    Older readers may remember when PETA convinced some judge to take a PETA website away from the first guy to own it.

    He had used the site to put up his parody, "People Eating Tasty Animals".

    I've never had any respect for PETA after they got that judge to help them steal that guy's website.

     

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    Matthew A. Sawtell, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:06am

    Shades of 'good old days' of religion and commerence...

    Looks like PETA is simply practicing techniques harking back to the 'good old days' or ancient religion and commerence, offering up sex as an inticement for funding of the 'cause' - like the religions of Rome/Greece, or getting a client to sign a deal, like the banking systems of Imperial China.

    Love or Hate PETA - at least they are being honest about what they are trying to do, stick a pair of teats in your face for you to cough up some coin.

     

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    Cowardly Anon, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:08am

    Rule 36 is all I have to say.

     

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    Scooters (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:16am

    Heh.

    This is one Alicia Silverstone movie I'd pay to see even if she's representing PETA.

     

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    TheStupidOne, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:17am

    Give it two months ...

    And then one of the higher ups at PETA will send out an email saying he is sorry for the confusion and outrage that this new change has cause and he will be splitting up the two sites. peta.xxx will remain a porn website without any animals involved while petster.xxx will feature images of animal cruelty. He'll hope he can regain your trust, but all of PETA's long time supporters will abandon PETA because of this

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:38am

    The .xxx TLD is widely blacklisted

    Heck, I blacklisted it long before it went live -- and not because it's intended for porn. (See previous commentary here at TD.) So aside from the merits of the entire concept, PETA's being clueless about their choice of domain.

     

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    StrongStyle81, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:42am

    lol

    Ashton Kutcher is probably going to accuse PETA of sex trafficking underage llamas.

     

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    nunya_bidness, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:55am

    animal equality

    Please Eat Them All

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 10:07am

    This feels like a giant troll. even leaving aside the abvious zoophilia jokes.

     

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    Brian Schroth (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 10:09am

    So they are going to create a link in people's minds between sexual arousal and cruelty to animals. Something tells me they didn't think this one all the way through...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 10:35am

    All that PETA is doing is what they always do: Whoring themselves out for attention.

    It's disappointing that you would give them the attention they desire. It's self-serving bullshit from these people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 10:43am

    Seriously, guys? It's already past lunch and still no cockfighting jokes?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 10:50am

    OK, is there anyone left that doesn't think PETA is completely bonkers? Anyone?

     

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    AC, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 11:04am

    Wow, I can't believe no one said it yet...I guess PETA is bringing a whole new defintion to "Kitty Porn"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 12:05pm

    "As soon as people land on the site they will see some explicit content, those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for," Rajt said of the site's content. As they go deeper into the site, however, visitors will find graphic images of animal abuse.

    So get em wanking, then show em gory pics, does anyone see this site becoming the building block for future Dexters?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 3:14pm

    "As soon as people land on the site they will see some explicit content, those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for," Rajt said of the site's content. As they go deeper into the site, however, visitors will find graphic images of animal abuse.


    are they assuming the "graphic images of animal abuse" aren't the "those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for"?

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 3:18pm

    Time to start choking that chicken!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 4:30pm

    If we were to apply the same standard of classification for PETA as we do for many other organizations post 911 we just might find that they are technically a terrorist organization.

     

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    Him ThatIs (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 6:54pm

    3 2 1

    BPSSTT HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! (chuckle) (snort)

     

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    Bryce Byerley, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 7:58pm

    I can already see the first video:

    "This is the only meat I'll ever eat..."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:34pm

    I can't fap to this :C

     

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    Ed C., Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 9:18pm

    Wait...I thought they were against the abuse of monkeys?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 23rd, 2011 @ 12:21am

    Joking aside what if their intent is to stop Bestiality porn. that would make sense right?

     

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    Mr. Pond, Sep 23rd, 2011 @ 4:26am

    PETA!

    PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals.

    Unfortunately this entire sordid episode does nothing more than to highlight the fact that some, if not most of their membership are in fact extremist fanatics.

     

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    Jeff Rife, Sep 23rd, 2011 @ 1:06pm

    CtF+RtB gone horribly wrong

    We'll just have to write this one off as a failed experiment.

     

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    Androgynous Cowherd, Sep 25th, 2011 @ 2:55pm

    Is PETA finally dropping the pretense (along with most of its proverbial clothing) and going all porno on us? The answer is "yes," with a "but".


    Wouldn't that be a "butt", with two Ts? ;)

     

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    Lou, Oct 9th, 2011 @ 1:55pm

    This is the dumbest idea PETA has ever come up with. There are much better ways to spread awareness. A Porn site?? really? Who's brilliant idea was that?

    Why not launch a preventive promotion, geared towards teenagers (the next generation).

    Also, keep in mind that showcasing photos of animal cruelty doesn't necessarily make people want to help, many people cannot bare to view that kind of material.

    In my opinion funding should be spent on providing society with tools to prevent Animal Cruelty, and a way to fight against large meat and like companies by passing laws to protect the way animals are treated by forcing penalties. For the larger companies, attacking their money flow is the only way to really make a difference, and the only thing they will respond to.

    Obviously there are many different facets to Animal cruelty, that should all be addresses by society as a whole, but a porn site is seriously not the way to go.

    On a separate note to PETA: Imagine how much more you can do for animals with the money you spend sending every household a bunch of printed stamps and labels, that's the first thing that crosses my mind when I receive those in the mail.

    With that said, I appreciate any foundation dedicated to helping animals and children.

     

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    Free Porn Buddy, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 8:49am

    ha

    PETA goes porn. Awesome! I don't quite understand how they are going to mix porn and abusing animals but it should be amusing!

     

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    psycho grin, Feb 20th, 2014 @ 11:15am

    Peta site

    Had a look. The site got me pretty hard. Kind of disappointed that there's no porn there, though. I wanted to beat off to hardcore animal cruelty AND softcore pornography. When I read this, I was like 'yes! Finally in the same place'
    But it was not to be.

     

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