When animals rights activists aren’t criticizing the use of animals in medical tests or harassing museums for hosting art exhibits they consider objectionable, they can always be counted on eating their own.
According to the UK Daily Mail, the Pisanellis decided to hang the cow up as a statement to point out what goes into eating dairy and to provoke people to think about the origins of the food they eat. Federico said, in part, on a statement he posted on his restaurant’s Facebook page:
The pose of Schvitzy, as she was affectionately known, is purposely confronting. She has not been hung for decoration. The installation has a mission: it aims to draw a connection to the true consequence of consuming dairy. We do not aim to influence on whether one should consume dairy, but rather, we urge our consumers to understand the origin of their food in order to make a conscious decision on whether to eat it.
Not surprisingly, animal rights activists are livid. They have not only given the pizzeria bad reviews, they have decried the display as cruel, horrific, sick and vile. An online petition was started that has garnered almost 5,000 signatures urging Etica to take down the cow. This display is easily something animal rights groups could have used as a means to promote their issues in which the Pisanellis sound like they could be sympathetic to the animal rights cause. Instead they resort mostly to ridicule and outright condemnation.
This controversy is reminiscent of a woman-lead school in Nashville, North Carolina whose staff was harassed and even received death threats last year because it held a class showing its students how to humanely slaughter a sheep and processes it into food. Both groups involved in the controversy are environmentalists, yet they quarrel over whether an animal or human’s life is more important.
The entire controversy surrounding this incident isn’t indicative of a split among environmentalists but it demonstrates the totalitarian nature of their movement. Environmentalism isn’t just destructive to human life outside their campaigns and civilization in general it is also anti-human to the point where environmentalists will even seek to destroy an idea that clearly could benefit them but prefer ideological purity.