People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have never been known for their rational discourse about animal rights. Instead, they use propaganda including pseudoscience to bolster their agenda. They are back with a false connection between dairy and autism.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a history of (as the old saying goes) using science as a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination. In that way they are typical of ideological groups. They have an agenda, they are very open about their beliefs, and they marshal whatever arguments they can in order to promote their point of view.
PETA now provides us with a fresh example of how having an ideological agenda can motivate an individual or a group to embrace dubious science. In a recent article the groups warns: Got Autism? Learn About the Link Between Dairy Products and the Disease. They claim:
The reason why dairy foods may worsen or even cause autism is being debated. Some suspect that casein harms the brain, while others suggest that the gastrointestinal problems so often caused by dairy products cause distress and thus worsen behavior in autistic children.
The post goes on to detail how misleading this is. That’s their schtick. They don’t care about backing up claims with facts, it’s an emotional ploy and fear-mongering.
The stoopid coming from PETA is nothing new. In fact, this same campaign of autism-dairy was rolled out in 2008: PETA: Even more impossible to parody than ever! – Respectful Insolence.
Their agenda isn’t based in science. Other zingers they have proposed are:
- Eating buffalo wings could affect your unborn’s penis size – Salon.com.
- Meat and dairy cause lots of other diseases
- Meat enhances human aggression
- Eating meat causes impotence
- Cats and dogs can be fine on a vegetarian diet.
Besides that, their views on animal experimentation, violence against people who wear fur or eat meat and their pornographic campaigns are just insane. What we can hope from this new assinine campaign is that only fringe people will believe fringe activist organizations. The animals deserve better than this.
The following posts fight back with the same emotional words but also references.