How is empathy training not brainwashing?
Every so often, PETA has to say something really stupid to remind everyone that they still exist.
Apparently, some football player spotted a raccoon and wanted to get a selfie with him and the animal. As is the animal’s wont, it bit the guy, causing concern that he contracted rabies from the raccoon. In response to the bite, the man hit the raccoon with a wrench, killing it. PETA chastised him and suggested to his school that they institute “empathy training” for its students to teach them how to interact with animals.
Jack Gangwish probably he wishes he never attempted to bridge the man-beast divide and make a friend in the animal kingdom. A selfie with a raccoon rarely ends well.
The pass rusher naturally rushed from his truck to take a photo with the animal (Who wouldn’t?) when he spotted him milling about at night. The University of Nebraska defensive end, who endured a bite and a rabies scare, now faces the wrath of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for responding to the roadside attack with a deadly wrench response of his own.
The olive branch extended from Gangwish tragically ended in an interspecies brawl. The masked marauders steal from garbage cans. But that doesn’t mean they deserve roadside summary executions, does it?
“Student athletes are set up to be role models,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk writes Nebraska’s athletic director, “so it’s critical for the university to send its players the message that bullying and abusing anyone is unacceptable.”
The group wants the school to institute “empathy training” for student-athletes on the subject of human-animal interactions. Should we pretend that the beast didn’t bite him first and forgo sensitivity training for the procyonids?
Granted, Gangwish (what a name) probably shouldn’t have tried to be friendly with a raccoon. While they’re not aggressive animals, they are, like most animals, defensive and will bite if they feel threatened.
But Jack did get bitten. And fighting back is a natural response. You get bitten by a mosquito, you swat and kill it. I know it’s not exactly the same thing, but I bet you PETA would get on to any high-ranking official or athlete for swatting at a mosquito. They even got on to Obama for killing a fly.
I actually appreciate PETA. As long as they exist, they provide endless article ideas.