PETA Campaign Analysis Essay
In 2003, Michael Spector, New York reporter, analyzed the different efforts of “the women behind the most successful radical group in America, who he considers PETA’s driving force, Ingrid Newkirk. Newkirk is in charge of creation of the images and campaign strategies and ideas for PETA (52). The article not only discusses the important ideas of Newkirk but depicts his own perspective towards PETA’s strategic methods and how it has changed over time. At first, Spector’s perception of PETA is similar to how most people feel about the organization. In the article, Specter states “The organization has offended so many people in the two decades since it was founded ... that just to hear the word PETA is enough to make many people shudder—from fear, disgust, or simply weariness” (54). However, as the article continues, he gives PETA credit for guiding the attitudes of the public about animal welfare.
Unlike Michael Spector, many authors, including Alison Vogelaar and Wendy Atkins-Sayre, analyze PETA’s use of visual images and how they have a direct effect on how humans think. In Changing images of animals and humans, Alison Vogelaar expresses the opinion that “the utilitarian, consumption-based frame through which many Westerners have come to think about certain animals is challenged by a rhetoric of graphic display which is emotional (rather than rational) by its very