PETA Demanding Cancellation of Game of Thrones

GameOfThrones<National Report>The hit HBO series Game of Thrones is known for it’s scintillating visuals, deeply-woven political intrigue, scandalous sex scenes, and the heartbreaking deaths of numerous beloved characters, all of which takes place in a vivid fantasy world.  But to the PETA organization, the show should be better known for it’s allegedly unethical displays of “animal murder and torture.”  And the group is ready to spend millions of dollars to get their point across.

PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”) announced on Thursday a new marketing and lobbying initiative which they hope will end with the cancellation of the popular drama series, preferably before the end of the show’s fourth season.  At the heart of their new strategy will be a multi-million dollar ad campaign targeting the show’s key demographics through social media, a “ground campaign” with protests at Game of Thrones viewing parties and HBO’s  headquarters in New York City, and even lobbying efforts with the FCC in the hopes of getting the show canceled at the government level.  If all that fails, PETA will be setting up a booth at the San Diego “Comic Con” convention this summer, and will devote several months to preventing the show’s fifth season from being aired, if not developed.

“This is one of the most grotesque, brutal, unforgiving displays of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen on television,” said PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk, who is personally involving herself in the campaign.  “So far they’ve shown deer and rabbits being skinned, birds being shot with bows and arrows, various animals being hunted, endangered wolves being brutally murdered by mobs of angry humans, doves being slashed with swords, and pigeons having their necks snapped.  And the violence against horses is almost unfathomable.  Horses are beheaded, stabbed, shot, their throats slashed, their hearts eaten by people… never before has any television show, or feature film for that matter, promoted this level of violence against horses or animals that cannot defend themselves.  Game of Thrones needs to be stopped, and PETA plans to be at the forefront of making that happen.”

Newkirk admits she’s never seen a full episode of the show.  During an interview earlier this week with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, which mostly focused on PETA’s plans for 2014, Newkirk explained that “animal cruelty aside, it’s not really my kind of television program.  The only things I’ve heard about it, beyond those dreadful scenes, has been about rape, incest, prostitution, and brutal murders taking place whenever characters get married.  I don’t see how anyone could possibly enjoy a show like this.  We’d be doing the world a favor by getting it canceled.”

Award-winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who plays the popular character Tyrion Lannister on the show, is himself a member of PETA and a vegetarian, but on this issue he seems to disagree with Newkirk and the organization.  “We’ve never had an instance of any animals being harmed on our show, not that I’m aware of,” Dinklage said in a recent interview with an English newspaper.  “This is a fantasy series, and in the world these characters inhabit, animal cruelty is just a part of their everyday lives.  They can’t simply walk into a grocery store and get food like we can today.  I don’t think we’re glorifying these animal deaths, and if I did, I wouldn’t be a part of this series.”

If PETA is successful, Game of Thrones would not be the first HBO show to be canceled due to allegations of animal cruelty.  In 2012, the show “Luck,” starring Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina, was canceled after having aired just a single season.  PETA played a central role in that show’s cancellation as well.



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11 Responses to "PETA Demanding Cancellation of Game of Thrones"

  1. The Pensioner says:

    If we’re supposed to treat all animals ethically, does that mean I have to be nice to my children?

  2. Ava says:

    This is ridiculous. Game of thrones is inherently violent towards animals and even more towards people. Seems stupid that no one will make a fuss about the gore and torture that are excersised on the human characters of this series. The fact that PETA is upset about “skinning” of animals is ridiculous. As omnivorous humans we eat meat and that is the end of the story. GOT is showing us a real side of humanity and trying to cancel it is censorship, an insult to the viewer’s peronal freedom to choose to watch the show. Why not, instead of wasting millions of dollars fighting an imaginary enemy, invest the money in helping actual endagered animals that need it?

  3. George says:

    I suppose we shouldn’t let Martin write the next two books either.
    And history must not reveal the efficiency of spearmen against cavalary. And Hercules killed so many endangered species, how about that?
    And Peta destroys more and more of our brain cells with such statements…

  4. Jake says:

    “Newkirk admits she’s never seen a full episode of the show.”

    That pretty much says it all. It’s like those religious conservatives who were criticizing Noah before they’d even seen it.

  5. Jakk Moonman says:

    You’re having a fucking laugh

  6. SMRT says:

    PeTA seems to think that animals should be depicted in a better light than the humans, likely because animals are better than people. That’s why I stopped listening to PeTA (run by a bunch of humans) and simply ask my cat if she thinks it’s alright… Cat said, “Whatever. Looking out the window is better, but I’ll still snuggle… after you shake that Temptations bag, baby! Shake it good, YEEEEEEAAAAAAH!!!”

    • Steve from Accounting says:

      Finally! Someone else that can hear cats talk.

      And for the record, my cat enjoys this show more than I do.. And I love it!

  7. Just get me a Chicken says:

    Why does the media continue to give these brainwashed cults what they crave – media coverage. Once that dries up, so will the thing that they care most passionately about – money.

  8. KaD says:

    Why is anyone still listening to these clowns? PETA was CONVICTED of paying people to skin animals alive for their shock videos in Germany, as many other animal ‘rights’ groups have been. According to their OWN records they euthanized 96% of the dogs and 99% of the cats they ‘rescued’ in 2006. And their ‘leader’ advocates anal rape for women: http://veganstakelondon.com/post/13545235303/gary-yourofsky-supports-rape-of-animal-consumers

  9. Hope says:

    Someone should ask PETA why they haven’t said a word about the seven Russian orcas that were captured from August 2012 to September 2013 starting with a young female named Narnia. Nowhere on their site is any mention of these orcas when they talk about captive cetaceans. It’s more than likely they’re too concerned with ‘freeing’ SeaWorld’s orcas to help them. After all, they didn’t give a crap about Shouka when she was suffering from loneliness and isolation at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Not even a video of her lunging at a trainer got their attention. It’s all because she wasn’t a SeaWorld orca. PETA is not anti-captivity. They’re anti-SeaWorld and anti-Miami Seaquarium. They couldn’t care less about captive orcas in other countries, especially the Russian ones. The Russian orcas are in real danger of being sent to Asian facilities with questionable care standards. Some of these facilities keep their cetaceans in tiny tanks. I’ve seen these ‘tanks’ in pictures, and they are nothing more than swimming pools. The lanes are still painted at the bottom. Dolphins and belugas are often kept together in these pools. These two species shouldn’t be kept together because they require different water temperatures to thrive. PETA is concerned with only one thing. That’s getting attention at any cost. They love control and power. They will do whatever it takes to maintain both, even if it means bullying, belittling, harassing, threatening, and intimidating people. They are self-absorbed, narcissistic, and selfish. Ingrid Newkirk is a psychopath who cares for nothing and no one. She uses animals as an excuse for her behavior. She’ll turn her back on them when it suits her. She is ugly both on the inside and outside. No amount of photoshop will ever make her look ‘pretty.’ She thinks of herself first and foremost. Everyone else comes last, including animals. PETA needs to leave and never come back.

  10. Liz says:

    They do realise it’s a television show, right? As in fake? As in why aren’t they spending that time, effort and money on real issues?

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