Seriously PETA? Group Asks Honey Boo Boo To Rename Her Pet Chicken

honey boo booI feel like PETA should have bigger things to worry about. Publicizing an open letter over a 7-year-old’s name for her pet chicken feels like a waste of time to me. Although, nothing PETA does makes much sense to me. Example 2390483450 of this comes from their open letter to Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, asking that she change her pet chicken’s name. Apparently, the little girl decided to call the chicken “Nugget” and PETA doesn’t want to perpetuate the idea that animals should equal food.

I almost get where PETA is coming from. I can understand why someone who is a vegetarian wouldn’t name a pet chicken “Nugget” or a pet pig “Bacon.” That being said, what one person calls their pet really doesn’t need to be up for public debate. The fact that a child, who happens to eat meat, wanted to call her chicken “Nugget” really doesn’t need to be a media story. Just by bringing attention to the choice, PETA is making the girl’s decision a bigger topic than it would have been otherwise.

To be fair, the group wasn’t nearly as hateful or out of line as they’ve been in the past when it comes to celebrities who don’t live by PETA’s specifications. They apparently sent the Thompson family some samples of vegan snacks and tips on how to eat healthy without harming animals. They packaged their concern as a chance for the little girl to “let her fans know that they should be nice to chickens by not eating them.”

The whole thing is just too ridiculous to be taken seriously though. For one thing, the Thompsons have proven that being politically correct isn’t exactly their style. For another, it’s not like the girl plucked and cooked her chicken on national television. The girl named her pet after the thing she probably associates most closely with chickens, “Nugget.” Any kid who has ever bought a Happy Meal could come up with that name, and probably giggle about it just a bit.

No one should be surprised that PETA is acting foolishly. They recently put out an ad with model Joanna Krupa demonstrating how wearing fur is gross… just like females with “fur.” As is, females with pubic hair. Because that’s obviously “unattractive.”

It seems to me that PETA’s own recent ad is a lot more offensive and inappropriate than a child who calls her pet chicken Nugget. Maybe Honey Boo Boo should write an open letter to PETA. It’s time they red-neck-ognize.

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  • Sara

    That’s silly. However, I would have a bigger problem with the fact that they bought her a pig, then returned it when they decided they didn’t have time to take care of it, and then turned around and bought her a chicken. I think that kids should be taught that having a pet is a big responsibility and deserves to be taken seriously, and these don’t seem like very good values.

    • Jessie

      I am inclined to agree with you, but to be fair, a chicken is a HECK of a lot easier to care for than a pig. My mother in law has a pet pig, and oh man is it hard to care for even for her, a full grown adult! Luckily she has the time and resources available to give her pig proper care, but they ARE a lot of work, and to give a four/five year old child THAT level of responsibility is a bit much.

      Hopefully they’ll have better luck with the chicken, and she’ll learn that very important lesson that pets are a responsibilty and should not just be returned carelessly if you find they’re too much work.

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  • Carmen Finnigan

    PETA has abandoned their mission of animal welfare for these constant pleas of “pay attention to me”.

  • Jessie

    Man, if they don’t like a chicken named Nugget then they’d be APALLED to learn that I named my cow on the video game Harvest Moon “Patty.” Yes, as in THAT kind of patty, haha!

    Geez, PETA never fails to give me a good laugh!

  • Courtney Lynn

    I can see their point, however it is extreme and stupid to expect someone else to conform to YOUR ideal. If they believe animals, public or not, shouldn’t be named after food, then that’s THEIR opinion and they don’t need to force it on a little girl. Even if that little girl IS Honey Boo Boo.