Sacked Former Radio 2 presenter Russell Brand appears on the cover of the latest edition of a vegetarian starter kit that is produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Guardian reports that PETA has refused to replace him in response to angry calls and emails following the BBC obscene ‘phone calls scandal.
I’m shocked that PETA had anything to do with Brand in the first place. According to this article, dated 2005, he used to perform ‘a show involving pelting the audience with dead animals’.
In the article, he says: ‘Because of some of the stuff I’ve done in the past, chopping up dead animals, being arrested, or being hospitalised, when things get a bit more exciting and chaotic, I like it’.
Does this kind of performance help encourage respect for living animals and the ethical treatment of them?