People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights organization, founded in 1980. In 1996, meat eaters did a PETA parody and registered a web address for “People Eating Tasty Animals.”
“PETA=People Eating Tasty Animals” has been put on T-shirts and has become an old joke for when meat eaters claim to be members of “PETA.” Another backronym (back acronym) of PETA is “Please Eat The Activist.’
Wikipedia: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an American animal rights organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, and led by Ingrid Newkirk, its international president. A non-profit corporation with 300 employees and two million members and supporters, it says it is the largest animal rights group in the world. Its slogan is “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.”
Founded in March 1980 by Newkirk and animal rights activist Alex Pacheco, the organization first caught the public’s attention in the summer of 1981 during what became known as the Silver Spring monkeys case, a widely publicized dispute about experiments conducted on 17 macaque monkeys inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. The case lasted ten years, involved the only police raid on an animal laboratory in the United States, triggered an amendment in 1985 to that country’s Animal Welfare Act, and established PETA as an internationally known organization. Since then, in its campaigns and undercover investigations, it has focused on four core issues—opposition to factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and animals in entertainment—though it also campaigns against fishing, the killing of animals regarded as pests, the keeping of chained backyard dogs, cock fighting, dog fighting, and bullfighting.
People Eating Tasty Animals
by Old Glory
26 February 1996, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, IA), “A different PETA,” pg. 4:
This PETA is an acronym for “People Eating Tasty Animals,” offering links to home pages for groups like Beef Today Magazine, the National Pork Producers…
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From: (Mike Chamberlain)
Subject: P.E.T.A (People Eating Tasty Animals)
I sure know one thing there is nothing better in this world than fresh cooked baby deer meat. Its so tender it melts in your mouth. SeeYa on the creek bank!
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From: Bruce Frytz
Subject: Re: People Eating Tasty Animals Update
> Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 01:21:02 -0400
> The domain name “peta.org” has been placed on “hold” as a result
> of the ongoing dispute over control of this address. In the
> meantime, the “Tasty Animals” web page may be reached at the
> following location:
> Please update all references to http://www.peta.org or
> http://peta.org with the above address. Thanks.
> Mike Doughney
> Editor, People Eating Tasty Animals
June 1996, Vegetarian Times, pg. 17, col. 3:
Beware! Animal lovers who call up http://www.peta .org expecting the PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS may actually get PEOPLE EATING TASTY ANIMALS, a front for the meat industry.