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PETA Distributes Explicit Comic Books at Valley School

The images showed diseased cows and calves being taken away from their mothers.

A comic book PETA distributed at a Woodland Hills school last week.
A comic book PETA distributed at a Woodland Hills school last week.
Graphic images, both in cartoon form and photographs, of cows raised for food angered some parents at the Calabash Charter School in Woodland Hills.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals passed out the literature last week, according to KTLA News. The effort was reportedly coordinated by a parent at the school.

PETA officials told KTLA they think nothing wrong with distributing the explicit images to school children, even as young as kindergartners. 
Christina February 04, 2014 at 06:32 PM
I feel it was wrong for the school to bring a dairy cow to the school and lie about what really happens to them. Besides milk is very unhealthy for humans and we shouldn't be giving it to our children and we have been lied to for years about. If the dairy industry can bring a cow to a public school then why can't PETA people tell the truth about the dairy industry? I know it's better for our kids not to know the truth right, like Santa Claus is real! http://www.peta.org/features/dairy-industry-cruelty/ Also check out this video from a leading Harvard nutritionist. http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/milk+Leading+Harvard+nutritionist+questions+milk+role/9422451/story.html?fb_action_ids=10152195017918293&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Christina February 04, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Here's some more good info about (cow's) milk not doing a body good, unless you are a baby cow! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15741380
debrastein February 04, 2014 at 07:18 PM
The materials PETA uses are supported by the soy milk company, Silk. Soy milk is not healthy for you. However they have money and just like all groups PETA has a price also. The issue is not with the fight to protect animals is that children should be off limits. Parents should educate their children on those facts. I don't support Sea World however I would show my 8 year the documentary. She can't process that at her age however I can say, animals shouldn't be in small places they should be free in Mother Nature. We as parents should choose how to teach our children about the world not PETA.
Tom Bohrman February 04, 2014 at 11:53 PM
i disagree with you re the comic book! are you that daft? It goes on every single day! that's what you eat -- steak and bacon, and slobber with drippings as you eat ribs. i suggest bring your kids to a real slaughter house, and let them watch what they really do. watch the animals try to get away and squeal as blood gushes and squirts all over the place. this is what you eat, and you're upset because of a comic book with crudely drawn characters? it's a fact of life. go to PETA.com and watch some of the videos that show some of the abuse. They are what horror movies and nightmares are made of. under what premises are you suing? i hope the judge throws it out, taking up the court’s time. a comment was made that the parents should be the ones that teach their children about this, not PETA, but you don’t. you contradict yourself. if you did teach them, there wouldn’t be this petty uproar!
tam February 05, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Daft? Oh puh-lease, Tom. You need to check yourself! You need to do more research and see that not only were comic books distributed, but inserts in the books contained graphic material of the "slaughter" you mention. And you think that is appropriate for kindergartners? First graders? Really? Wow, surprising. I bet you think it's ok for the strippers to come solicit the opening of a new club on Canoga Avenue at a public school too, because, after all, they are working women trying to earn a living. Because that's the real world!
tam February 05, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Christina, the issue with the parents was the graphic material handed out TO CHILDREN!!!!! It was not given to parents -- PETA volunteers put it in the hands of children walking on to campus!
Alexis Kaiser February 05, 2014 at 02:39 AM
Do people understand how dangerous PETA is? They are going after our children in a vile and inappropriate way.(Nazi Youths) PETA does not have a great message and even if they did this is a despicable way of disseminating it. Parents beware. PETA and like groups are identified as terrorist organizations. Get these people off your school grounds!!
Christina February 05, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Tammy, the photos were not of slaughter like you said. If you listen to the story she says they were pictures of dairy cows with serious wounds. Whether you believe in the message PETA stands for or not the fact still remains that the school chose to bring in a dairy cow and spread lies about how they are treated and continue the lie that dairy is good for you. They should have never brought this cow to a public school and then tell lies to the children! These animals live miserable lives and have their babies taken away from them soon after birth, the male calves are sold to the veal industry where they are made to suffer for the next 4 months until slaughtered. For rest of mother cows live she is hooked up to a machine everyday to produce milk for humans! Then they are force-ably re-impregnated to continue this cycle until at the very young age of 4 or 5 when they are sent to slaughter to be used as hamburger meat. I know most people could care less about these poor creatures but children are more caring then adults and most love animals very much so they should get a chance to know what really happens to the sweet, cute calf that was taken to the school for show and tell. Cows milk is for baby cows! Humans are the only species that drink the milk of another animal and the only species that drinks milk in adulthood. We steal the milk from the babies that it was made for and then kill the baby. How wrong is that???
tam February 05, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Christina, you need to get your facts straights and re-read the posts. I was quoting "slaughter" from a previous poster and YES, I saw the graphic pictures. Number 2, the school is not choose this it was LASUD. And 3 you say "most people don't care less about these poor creatures" because you know most people. There are a lot of people who are compassionate about animal, animals rights, etc. and the school is not condemning them. The article and the controversy is that PETA but these comic books and images in the hands of children without their parents consent! But obviously you do not see any wrong in that. Again, get your facts straight when it comes to the real issue of this article!
Ron Jarvis February 05, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Wow... PETA has sunk to a new low. Apparently traumatizing kids to further your agenda is OK. Our planet has a food chain. My friend saw it first hand when he built a bird feeder behind his canyon home. The problem was that all the birds he attracted became dinner for all the hawks that also lived in the canyon. He stopped feeding the birds soon after. It was like a hawk McDonald's. Most animal rights people are very passionate about saving animals but know very little about what is done by the groups they support. Let's allow kids to be kids and let them decide for themselves what their views are when they are old enough to have their own. This sort of 'gorilla theater' (that probably angered someone) should not be used on children. It just makes your group look desperate... and maybe that's a good thing.
Quincy Vegann Kirsch February 05, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Gee I thought schools are supposed to educate and teach truth not indoctrinate with propaganda . Really makes one wonder about everything we were taught growing up . Serious wounds ? LOL ! What do you think a steak a burger or a leg of a lamb , pig or chicken is ? There is a Costco near me that hangs headless dead lambs in their showcase , many ethnic markets , China town etc hang dead animals in their windows for All to see. Kids see wounded mutilated animals on TV all the time . Not to mention hunters with deer copses straped to their cars .We have freedom of speech in this country . Truthful photos of the conditions in which animals are raised is not pornography despite how many adults fetishize meat like bacon . Plus the photos where handed to the parents , not the children . ( Watch the video ) . PS. The comment about "Silk" soy milk being behind this is hysterical . Until recently Silk was owned by Dean Foods . The largest organic dairy in the US . Even they saw the writing on the wall . They understand that children are meant to be weaned not sucking on some poor tortured slaves teat for their entire lives .
tam February 06, 2014 at 12:16 AM
The comic books (which inside was the graphic bloody pictures) where handed directly to the kids, kids as young as kinder. Of course video will not show that because news crews weren't there when it happened. The news reported this AFTER. Many parents saw these "unidentified" persons handing out booklets -- they thought these people were part of the dairy cow mobile there that day.
Quincy Vegann Kirsch February 06, 2014 at 12:44 AM
That's not what I heard Tam from people who were there . Were you there ? Also why is it okay for dairy farmers to come and lie to children but not okay for activists to tell the truth ? This man came to another friends son's school and her son asked about what happens to the bull calves . The man refused to answer the child and got very belligerent and told the audience they were not allowed to tape and or post video of his presentation .
tam February 06, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Were you there Quincy? Then you and I are hearing different things from people who were there. Not sure who "this man" is you are referring to or if he was the same presenter at Calabash. In any case, should the literature have been given to parents, you and I would not be posting on this forum.
Alexis Kaiser February 06, 2014 at 02:14 AM
PETA is vindictive, ruthless and uncaring about who the hurt in getting their agenda across. I worked circus my life and they have scared children, handed out to children what looked like comic books only to find out they were horrific lying pictures of the circus. These people need to be stopped in going after innocent, unsuspecting, vunerable children. They stoop to any lows, they don't care.
Quincy Vegann Kirsch February 06, 2014 at 12:27 PM
I met a man a couple of weeks ago in the process of going vegan and has joint custody of his 5 year old son with his non vegan ex . One day she gave he boy a hamburger and he asked her what it was and she said meat and he asked , where does it come from ? She said , from a cow . He pushed it back and told her he will not eat anything from an animal . His dad didn't really talk to him about animal rights just fed him plant based food when he was there ( He is actually eating plant based for his health ) . You don't have to tell kids much or show them graphic pictures ( not that they did ) just give them the info in a gentle way and they figure it out pretty fast . That is what the parents are really worried about . They don't want their children to question their choices and expose them as hypocrites . When's the last time you heard a parent threaten a lawsuit because their kid saw a deer strapped to the hood of a car or a side of beef or pigs feet etc in the butcher shop . We should sue "Boars Head" for having a decapitated pigs head as their logo and forcing us and our kids to see it everywhere .
Mu Jin Han February 06, 2014 at 11:30 PM
There were no slaughter pictures. The real abuse is when the parents keep lying to their kids about what really happens in meat and dairy industry. If you have a problem showing them the horrors of the industry, then why are you forcing them into their bodies? Any kid who sees the horrors of what happens to animals, is not going to willingwillingly eat or drink them. Regarding PETA. People always look for someone to blame. Don't you know that they have become the #1 enemy of the $290 Billion Dollars a year industry that is meat and dairy? Don't you know that they hire professional lobby groups to run negative campaigns against them? All I hear these days is that PETA kills 2000 animals a year, when the bith kill and no kill shelters kill Tens of millions every year. Meat and dairy industry's big money at work.
Lisa Wadusky Gartner February 06, 2014 at 11:49 PM
You should be ashamed of yourselves for complaining about the truth being taught to your children. If the pamphlets were handed out to the parents, would they have talked to their children and told them where their food comes from, i think not. Many children will grow up wishing they had learned the truth when they were young so they could make their own choice. It is our duty to tell our children the truth for their health as well as the welfare of our animals. I wish i could have had the opportunity to learn where my food came from at a young age but i was denied the right to make this choice for myself. Parents think their doing the right thing by keeping the truth from their children, protecting them but in the long run, they've denied them the right to make an important personal decision. Do you think it's unhealthy to eat a plant based diet? If so, you may want to do some research because you couldn't be more wrong.

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