Porn site planned in name of animal rights

06:48, Sep 23 2011
Members of Peta protest against the use of animal fur in Burberry products, in front of a Burberry store in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district in 2007.
Members of Peta protest against the use of animal fur in Burberry products, in front of a Burberry store in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district in 2007.
Activists of the animal rights group Peta wave to journalists as they campaign against the fur trade in Moscow in 2008.
Activists of the animal rights group Peta wave to journalists as they campaign against the fur trade in Moscow in 2008.
Members from animal rights groups Peta stage a protest in a cage in Brussels in 2009.
Members from animal rights groups Peta stage a protest in a cage in Brussels in 2009.
Miss Eurasia 2008 Mia Gray poses for a Peta photo shoot in Hamburg, 2009.
Miss Eurasia 2008 Mia Gray poses for a Peta photo shoot in Hamburg, 2009.
Topless demonstrators from Peta protest outside a fast food outlet in central Sydney in 2008.
Topless demonstrators from Peta protest outside a fast food outlet in central Sydney in 2008.
Peta activists protest naked in front the Eiffel Tower in 2009 to draw attention to the suffering of the bulls during the bull runs.
Peta activists protest naked in front the Eiffel Tower in 2009 to draw attention to the suffering of the bulls during the bull runs.
Wearing a chilli pepper bikini, model Vida Guerra joins Peta in a veggie chilli dog giveaway on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2010. The event marked National Veggie Dog Day, Peta's answer to the meat industry's National Hot Dog Month.
Wearing a chilli pepper bikini, model Vida Guerra joins Peta in a veggie chilli dog giveaway on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2010. The event marked National Veggie Dog Day, Peta's answer to the meat industry's National Hot Dog Month.
Dutch porn actress Zara Whites, born Esther Kooiman, lies on a pavement in packaging labelled 'flesh' to promote vegetarianism for Peta outside the Agriculture Fair in Paris in 2007.
Dutch porn actress Zara Whites, born Esther Kooiman, lies on a pavement in packaging labelled 'flesh' to promote vegetarianism for Peta outside the Agriculture Fair in Paris in 2007.
Members of Peta protest naked at Catalunya Square in central Barcelona in 2007.
Members of Peta protest naked at Catalunya Square in central Barcelona in 2007.
An activist from Peta is covered with fake blood and packed with plastic film to mimic packed meat during a protest in central Hamburg in 2006. The activist protested against mistreatment and mishandling of animals before their slaughter.
An activist from Peta is covered with fake blood and packed with plastic film to mimic packed meat during a protest in central Hamburg in 2006. The activist protested against mistreatment and mishandling of animals before their slaughter.
Topless and wearing paint markings that mimic a butcher's diagram of body parts, model, actor, and playboy bunny Robin Arcuri protests against the meat industry to help Peta promote a vegetarian diet during lunch hour on a downtown street in San Diego in 2006.
Topless and wearing paint markings that mimic a butcher's diagram of body parts, model, actor, and playboy bunny Robin Arcuri protests against the meat industry to help Peta promote a vegetarian diet during lunch hour on a downtown street in San Diego in 2006.

An animal rights group, which is no stranger to attention-grabbing campaigns featuring nude women, plans to launch a pornography website to raise awareness about veganism.

The nonprofit organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) whose controversial campaigns draw criticism from women's rights groups, said it hopes to publicise veganism through a mix of pornography and graphic footage of animal suffering.

"We're hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn't anticipate seeing when they went to the Peta triple-X site," said Lindsay Rajt, Peta's associate director of campaigns.

Peta has been accused of campaigning for animal rights at the cost of exploiting women. A Facebook group, Real Women Against Peta, was launched after the organisation paid for a billboard showing an obese woman with the message: "Save the Whales. Lose the Blubber. Go Vegetarian."

Another critical Facebook group is called, "Vegans (and Vegetarians) Against Peta."

"Peta is extremely disingenuous," said Jennifer Pozner, executive director of the New York-based advocacy group Women In Media & News. "They have consistently used active sexism as their marketing strategy to garner attention. Their use of sexism has gotten more extreme and more degrading.

"This may be in their minds the only thing left at their disposal to lower the bar," she said.

Peta has filed paperwork to launch its pornography site when the controversial new .xxx domain becomes active in early December. While many nonprofits and corporations are scrambling to protect their website names from being hijacked by a pornographer slapping on a .xxx domain, Peta is embracing the new domain as just another way to conduct business.

"We try to use every outlet that we can to speak up for animals," Rajt said. "We anticipated that this new triple-X domain name would be a hot topic and we immediately decided to use it and take advantage of it to try to promote the animal rights message."

Jill Dolan, director of the program in gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University, was critical of the Peta campaigns.

"Exploiting porn to get people's juices going seems lame; exploiting pornographic images only of women to make their point is retrograde and misogynist," Dolan said in an email. "Come on, Peta. Don't be Neanderthals."

Rajt denied that Peta has been insensitive to women.

"Our demonstrators, the models, all chose to participate in our campaigns ... It's not a very feminist thing to do to turn to women and tell them whether or not they can use their voices, their bodies to express their voice."

Visitors to the X-rated site will initially be presented with pornographic content as well as images from Peta's salacious ads and campaigns, Rajt said. Those images will be followed by pictures and video shot undercover of the mistreatment of animals. The site will also include links to vegetarian and vegan - using no animal products - starter kits as well as recipes.

Peta's ad campaigns have featured adult film stars Sasha Grey, Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson. In 2008, the organisation's YouTube account was temporarily shut down after showing racy videos of celebrities and others posing nude.

"When people first visit the site, it will be very enticing and once they go just a little bit deeper, that's when they'll be confronted with images that we hope will make them stop and think and get them talking and hopefully encourage them to make a lifestyle change to a plant-based diet," Rajt said.

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