4 NBC Affiliates Ban PETA's Thanksgiving Day Ad

Four NBC affiliates broadcasting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are banning a commercial promoting veganism sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA spokesman Michael Lyubinsky said Tuesday the organization wanted to air the commercial during the parade but stations in Raleigh, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Savannah, Ga., and Little Rock, Ark., had banned it.

PETA did not approach WITN to ask about purchasing a commercial in the Parade for the Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC market.

The commercial depicts a young girl saying grace at Thanksgiving, giving thanks for "the turkey farms where they pack them into dark, tiny little sheds for their whole lives."

The ad encourages viewers to "Go vegan."

Brad Moses, general manager of Raleigh's WNCN, said he decided to ban the ad in Raleigh and Savannah because it's not appropriate for the spirit of the parade.


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  • by steel Location: ahoskie on Nov 29, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    ANIMALS, taste good.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    I had prime rib for thanksgiving, & turkey yesterday. I ate on styrafoam plates while driving my suv ohh & i wore a warm leather coat. It was warm & delicious!!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Nov 28, 2009 at 10:12 PM
    The problem with veganism is that humans are naturally omnivorous. While it is true that we are evolved enough to choose to "do the right thing" or however you'd like to spin it, the fact remains that are bodies are designed to derive nutrition from both vegetation and meat. Also, animals eat animals, so why shouldn't we? What's the difference? And PETA is a disgusting organization. Check this out. Go to Google.com, click on Images, and just search for PETA. Even with Google's SafeSearch on, I get lewd images. And they're really disturbing, too. I saw a flyer they made intended to be passed out at schools telling kids that their mommy is a murderer if she serves meat. Freedom of speech is one thing, but if MTV got in hot water for showing Janet Jackson's nipple(which was mostly covered),PETA can't spread their mess. It's all the same. Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can spam smut all over the place to general audiences. People "get" this when it's sex and violence. This is the same.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 28, 2009 at 01:06 AM
    Scott, great points. John, I am an avid athlete as well, but I eat all the meat I want. Chicken breast and lean beef is some of the best protein you can find. It makes meeting ones need for a protein a real breeze. Besides, it keeps me from being hungry and it also tastes great. Turkey breast is fantastic too. Eating all this meat helps me keep my health in tip-top shape. I kill lots of plants and eat them too. I killed four collard plants today.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    PETA is a somewhat hypocritical organization. On last count, less than 10% of their members were even vegans, and they encouraged people a while back to go to KFC (regardless of Tyson's horrendous legacy of poisoned products). I say this as a vegan. I eat no animal products whatsoever, my health is in tip-top shape, and I'm an avid athlete as well. but I don't like PETA or what they do. It's the wrong way to the right goal.
  • by Scott Location: Mt. Olive on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    I've personally put down and butchered animals for meat. I feel no remorse because animals are food. Since the dawn of time this is how it has worked. While I do not condone cruelty to animals, I do fully condone their slaughter for food. So they shock/stun them then slit their throat so they will bleed out, then carve them up. This is far more humane than back in the day when you hit an animal in the head or shot it in the head, then stuck it. While some people may say that any killing of an animal is cruel, that is their opinion. Food is food, you kill a plant to eat it. What is the difference. What will vegans eat when someone decides that this is cruelty to vegetables?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I love turkey, basted and slow cooked, add the yams and stuffing....cranberry sauce....ememmmmmmm, emmmmmm.
  • by monique Location: williamston on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:09 AM
    HEY TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT, YOU GO PETA, WHAT ARE YOU ALL SCARED TO SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT WHATS SITTING ON YOUR TABLE THIS THANKSGIVING. WAKE UP WORLD!
  • by rich on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:56 PM
    Being vegan is a lot more environmentally friendly, than a meat diet, even more so when one sticks with organic products. .. Eating a meat diet contributes more pollution, uses more land, more water, more deforestation, and more energy than a vegan diet. Protect the planet for future generations. Saves trees, reduces forest destruction for cow pastures. Between 1960 and 1985 alone, nearly 40 percent of all Central American rain forests were destroyed to create cheap grazing land for cows later served on North American and European plates. Going vegan saves one acre of forest every year. (Who knows what else we are losing while creating desserts out of forests.) Uses less water. More than half of all water used in the U.S. is used to raise and kill animals for the table. Uses less fossil fuels. Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Creates less pollution. Animal feces is a major contributor to global warming and acid rain
  • by Dog Lover Location: Washington on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    Maybe PETA should air a commercial on how their memmbers took puppies and killed them and then threw them in dumpsters. Then show the high priced lawyers your donations paid for to get them out of that mess.
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