So I generally don’t like talking about PETA, but they have a campaign going on about the slaughter of seals in Canada that caught my eye. Good for them. That said they are attempting to use the Vancouver Olympics, and the IOC, as leverage against the Canadian state (Olympic Shame 2010). It also seems rather pointless, as PETA isn’t actually protesting the Games. There is no call for the boycott of the Games as far as I can tell. Meanwhile, there are groups who are protesting the Olympics completely (and with a more rounded critique that I can get behind).
If tomorrow Canada said, “Damn you, you’ve embarrassed us enough. We’ll get rid of seal hunting.” Would all of these folks in the PETA slide shows suddenly be ok going to the Olympics?