Activist Mommy

{July 11, 2007}   Nestle = BAD!!!

boycott NestleMy post yesterday on water bottles lead to a great comemnt and a link to a post of 13 news stories worth checking out. Scroll down to #8, a great piece on Nestle yet again making money at the expense of others.

Many people don’t know that there is a boycott on Nestle and their products going on. One that has been in effect since 1977. The reasons for boycotting Nestle make a pretty long list. Check out What’s Wrong With Nestlé? to see for yourself. Irresponsible marketing, exploiting employees, supporting brutal / repressive regimes , and abusing animals are a few of the ways Nestle gets its kicks. Doing a full boycott of Nestle can be difficult for some, especially since they own everything under the sun. As the company grows and grows one almost has to stop going to the store at all in order to avoid the stretch of Nestle. In the future the world will be owned by Nestle and sold by Wal-Mart. *shudders*

 If you want to know more you can check out the Boycott Nestle blog, which has an interesting post up right now about the Boycott Nestle week and mothers in the Philippines being misled into think that processed formula is better than their own milk. Much in the same way women here in the US were told the same lies. There is a great post here about the according to the World Health Organization, some 16,000 Filipino children die as a result of “inappropriate feeding practices” every year.

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The number one rule of marketing anything is that sex sells. Cars, clothing, even burgers make commericals featuring hard bodies and suggestive images. People pay more attention to the heavily sexual images being broadcasted than the actualy message they are trying to sell.  

Imogen Bailey PETAIt is something PETA has taken advantage of themselves to help sell their message. Celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Alyssa Milano, Joss Stone, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, and Imogen Bailey are just a few of the beautiful women that have posed for PETA’s campains. As more Celebrities shun meat, get kudos from PETA we see more and more of the ads that that seem to sell PETA by flashing some skin and giving a wink and a nudge to the viewers. Sure “Nobody Likes an Eight-Second Ride“, but can sex and animal rights really be combined?

Tim Mcilrath Peta2On the other side male rock stars seem to be talking the PETA pledge without needing to take off their clothes. Mars Volta, the Flaming Lips, The Darkness, Black Eyed Peas, The Used, and others are using their names to generate support for PETA. Their more rockin’ site, PETA2, even gives the chance to win Warped Tour tickets this summer. For some (like myself) the men of the Warped Tour are sexy in so many ways.

But what about PETA is so damn sexy? Or are they just playing off the sex appeal of the celebrities bring to the cause? In my opinion, which really doesn’t mean much, PETA gets to play the sex appeal card because A) smart is sexy, and B) more intelligent people are going vegetarian. Sally at Living Without Meat posted something a while ago that stuck with me. I Think Therefore I Am Vegetarian. Where she shared studies showing a correlation of children with higher IQs are more likely to become vegetarians as adults. See that, smart=vegetarian. And smart=sexy. So perhaps sexy=vegetarian. Maybe more conservation organizations should be following PETA’s lead and finding some hard bodies to tell us why saving the planet is a good thing. Or maybe I just want to see good looking eco-celebrities like Brad Pitt on my TV telling me why I need to use solar pannels in his boxer shorts. That could be a very good thing.

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