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Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard)
Posted on Monday, October 06 @ 14:37:57 EDT by
NTs in denial Recently, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new ad campaign entitled, "Got Autism?", misleadingly implying that the consumption of milk is associated with the cause of the autism spectrum. PETA is misinforming the public about autism and thus joining a long line of unscrupulous groups that have sought to try and spread fear about autism as a means of pushing their particular agendas.



Example ad:
Got Autism?


Attempts such as these treat individuals with disabilities as pawns in the efforts of other constituencies. By refusing to acknowledge the right of the autistic community to be referred to with respect instead of as the focus of public hysteria, PETA contributes to a state of affairs which marginalizes the disability community.

People with disabilities, our families and our supporters deserve better than the exploitation and fear-mongering that comes about when disability is used as a means of scaring the general populace. For millions across the globe, the answer to PETA's "Got Autism?" question is an unequivocal yes. That should not spell the end of our lives or prevent us from being fully included throughout society. By exploiting us, PETA becomes a culprit in the social forces that marginalize people with disabilities and lead to the discrimination and prejudice that truly disable us.

Let PETA know how you feel about its choice to exploit autistic people by writing to them at info@peta.org or call them at 757-622-7382 and dial 0. In addition, we encourage you to express your support for these ads' swift withdrawal by signing this online petition.

--
Ari Ne'eman
President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.autisticadvocacy.org
732.763.5530


               


 
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Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by rubyjean Saturday, May 16 @ 15:35:38 EDT
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I dont understand what is so bad about this ad. They are standing up for the autistic by helping others become aware of the causes. I have read books and articles that directly link the causes of autism to cows milk as well. You'd think if you wanted to prevent/treat it, you would want to heed what the message is trying to tell you. I really dont see what the problem is with this ad?!?!?!??!?!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by scs Friday, October 17 @ 16:45:33 EDT
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This article made me want to drink some milk. So I did! I also signed up, mainly motivated by saying this.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by EllenDee Wednesday, February 23 @ 02:16:59 EST
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Everything PETA does tends to be over the top and offensive to someone. I just wish they would link the drinking of milk to all the dead baby cows the milk was designed for (which is a definite fact) and not a possible link to a problem people have an unrealistic fear of (and is not a proven fact). Petitions and outrage are the way PETA get most of their publicity, you are better off ignoring them.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by aspieguy101 Friday, April 24 @ 04:40:46 EDT
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That's just stupid. That'll stop us from drinking milk alright (rolls eyes) PETA's become a real joke if they really did this. I liked that episode on South Park with them in it..forgot what it was called though.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by KKinNY Sunday, April 26 @ 16:53:55 EDT
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This is what I emailed to peta: While I can understand your organizations desire to promote a vegan diet, your ad exploiting autism is beyond offensive not to mention irresponsible! Spoofing on the "Got Milk" campaign, your ad "Got Autism" that shows a bowl with cheerios in milk making a "sad face" implying that autism is a direct result of milk consumption is ridiculous and offensive. I realize you are going for the shock value by implying that milk causes autism. Of course you later state in your article "More research is needed, but scientific studies have shown that many autistic kids improve dramatically when put on a diet free of dairy foods." Which is not at all what your picture implied! I have autism and therefore have a lot more knowledge concerning this particular neurological disorder (not a disease as your article stated) than your average person. While gluten free and dairy free diets may help some autistic people there is no scientific evidence of what causes autism. Your stereotype of an autistic person throwing fits, screaming and the families who "suffer" is also very offensive. All people on the spectrum of Autism are individuals, not clones. Many individuals with autism are hard working, productive, taxpaying members of society. Who would not appreciate a "sad face" to depict their existence. How ironic that you exploited people with a nuerological disorder called autism in order to promote not exploiting animals! Sincerely, Kate the "Aspie" (Asperger Syndrome, on the spectrum of autism)



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Ksiusia Wednesday, February 11 @ 22:03:03 EST
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If the ad weren't offensive and smarmy and misleading, I wouldn't believe it was really by PETA. I commend your fortitude and optimism in treating them like reasonable people who just happen to be wrong about something, but I think you're wasting your time. I just can't get over the stupidity of this ad. There are enough valid arguments against milk--like the fact that most of the world's population can't digest it. There's no need for crappy exploitative pseudoscience.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by malithion2 Wednesday, October 15 @ 02:58:26 EDT
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They're against milk but yet they use it in their stupid advert? Not to mention they consider animals over PEOPLE with autism, thats just sad.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Tahitiii Monday, October 13 @ 19:54:55 EDT
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I appreciate the intention, but I think the petition is more offensive than the PETA ad. Could you guys rephrase it?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by whitetiger Friday, February 06 @ 19:16:09 EST
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This is the email I got back from PETA: Dear Ms. Paxton, Thank you for contacting PETA about our billboard highlighting the link between dairy consumption and the severity of autism symptoms. We do not claim that drinking milk causes autism. Our billboard was designed to raise awareness about scientific evidence indicating that milk can worsen behavior associated with autism. Researchers found that when dairy products were removed from autistic childrenís diets, their behavior improved significantly. Parents who want to protect their children should steer clear of the dairy aisle and choose healthy alternatives, like soy or rice milks. For more information about the link between dairy and autism, please see http://www.PETA.org/feat_autism.asp and http://blog.PETA.org/archives/2008/09/got_autism.php. The link to autism is just one of many reasons to ditch dairy. Research has linked dairy consumption to higher rates of ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. Dairy products have also been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, and obesity. Cruelty is inherent in the dairy industry, which exploits animals by cramming them onto filthy factory farms for their entire lives. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, farmers forcefully impregnate cows every nine months. The cows are impregnated year after year, but they are never allowed to nurture their calves. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup. Additionally, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves canít produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms. There, they endure 14 to 17 weeks of tormentómost calves are chained inside crates so small that they canít even turn around. To learn more about the lives of cows and calves used for dairy products and veal, please visit http://www.GoVeg.com/factoryFarming_Cows_Dairy.asp. Thanks again for writing and for your interest in this important issue. Sincerely, Jeff Haines Correspondence Assistant PETA Foundation Support PETA **My comment** but the ad is still misleading because it doesn't explain all that crap and all that crap is questionable and speculative that he said!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Shadowgirl Monday, October 13 @ 14:21:01 EDT
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I used to be a member of PETA years back until I learned about there horrible liberal ways. That is not ok to use us like that. I'm autistic and while I'm a vegetarian I do use dairy products and I'm really smart. I've won The Who's Who Among Americas High School Students twice and that or lack there of has nothing to do with it. We can all do it. Milk has nothing to do with it but give us vitamins, protein, and calcium.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Reflection Sunday, October 12 @ 17:57:02 EDT
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LOL: What's with the frowny-face?? I've "got autism" and I'm always smiling! I'm happy with myself!! I guess the frowny face is supposed to be the reaction of an NT to my 'state of autism', which is permanent, which is me. Booooooooooooooooooo. 10 thumbs down.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by whitetiger Wednesday, February 04 @ 02:01:30 EST
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I emailed them, signed the petition and plan to call them. This is highly offensive to the autistic community. Think about how many people drink milk who are not autistic.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Miyah Saturday, October 11 @ 18:33:36 EDT
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You are right about Milk not causing Autism. However, along with Gluten, milk will aggravate certain certain areas of the brain that cause some of the hyper activities, concentration, and communication. For example, I new a young man who is very high functioning but was often off into his own world. About 5 yeard ago, he ate gluten and milk products. Luckily, his father changed his eating habits and this young man still has Autism and still goes off into his own world, but he is a) Less hyper b) Can hold down a job as a chef c) Can have a conversation with you d) Can concentrate on tasks e) He also has less meltdowns and tantrums



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by musicislife Friday, October 10 @ 15:27:33 EDT
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PETA is so stupid. Seriously, a connection between milk and autism? You have got to be kidding. They should have talked to a few of us before starting this campaign. If any of those billboards go up in my area, I know about 20 people that will help tear the thing down and burn it.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by MikeH106 Friday, October 10 @ 15:51:21 EDT
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It's funny how I recently started drinking soy milk and I had a glass in front of me when I saw that image. How does it taste? Not the same as cow's milk, but not at all intolerable... I would say it feels nicer to drink soy milk. At the moment, I'm not a full-fledged vegan -- for several reasons, I guess one of them being the near-ubiquity of dairy products in stores and restaurants. I have, however, stopped eating meat. To respond to another poster, I don't think PETA is stupid. The issue of cow's milk vs. soy milk is very complex. First, cow's milk is cheaper. Second, dairy products are everywhere. They're almost trying to force-feed us. Third, many of us were raised to like cow's milk. If the market doesn't wake up from its egocentric slumber of neglect for others' well-being, we're likely going to need to boycott animal products. This strategy involves thinking cooperatively, as if everyone were to arrive at your conclusion and act in agreement with you, rather than thinking as if your actions don't make a difference to someone else's. In a way, they do, because you're both smart people looking for the same solution. Now, onto PETA's claim against cow's milk. They're not saying that everyone autistic drinks it, but that drinking it can cause autism. This is thought to happen through a disorder called Leaky Gut Syndrome, which supposedly allows peptides from bread to have the same effect as those from milk! For what it's worth, I'd like to mention that I've had wheat and dairy cravings my whole life and I did not test positive for Leaky Gut -- in other words, I don't have it. My peptide levels were in the normal range (with milk slightly higher). But I do think we should be kinder to animals. -Mike



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Kajjie Thursday, October 09 @ 10:10:10 EDT
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Ugh. I really hate PETA anyway. This is no worse than all the other stupid stuff they do. Hopefully not too many people are stupid enough to believe that milk makes you autistic.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by a_n_t Thursday, October 09 @ 17:35:55 EDT
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go milk!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Remnant Thursday, October 09 @ 02:15:09 EDT
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The only message that I have for PETA is to shut down and give all those old ladies their money back.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Roxas_XIII Wednesday, October 08 @ 20:36:23 EDT
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If anyone tries to put up one of these idiotic billboards in my city, PETA will learn the meaning of the word "brisingr" in the worst possible way. We should send a message to these incompetent imbeciles. We need to tell them that we will not stand for this madness!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by tlcoopi7 Friday, December 05 @ 22:17:58 EST
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I believe that PETA's aim is to get people on a vegan lifestyle. If anyone who does not know what vegan is, it is a vegaterian that does not consume animal products at all along with extreme cases of not consuming honey and wearing leather and wool. PETA uses scare tatics in order to achieve their goals, in this case, trying to link cow's milk with autism. Because of more people dx as autistic, there are people that would associate autism as if it is the plague and would try anything to get rid of it. In my case, that is not the best course of action. The best course of action is to gain acceptance in society with our fellow autistics and our allies.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by skywatcher Tuesday, October 07 @ 21:43:15 EDT
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PETA is always over the top. They always rubbed me the wrong way. This time they crossed the line.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by x_amount_of_words Tuesday, October 07 @ 13:49:40 EDT
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I'm definatly signing the petition.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Brandon_M Tuesday, October 07 @ 14:57:45 EDT
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If anyone actually took PETA seriously, this would be a brilliant lie. Perhaps they could get Pamela Anderson to endorse this statement.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by DiabloDave363 Tuesday, October 07 @ 16:44:53 EDT
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COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK TO GET TO A PETITION AGAINST PETA! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/autismPETA/index.html



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by ashmeister Tuesday, October 07 @ 02:19:48 EDT
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I don't mean to say vulgar here but PETA should go and f**k up!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by CelticRose Tuesday, October 07 @ 09:31:29 EDT
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Folks, remember that this is PETA, an organization that frequently makes statements that prove just how crazy they are. For example, their last big newsmaker was when they tried to get Ben & Jerry's to use breast milk for ice cream. The general populace thinks they are insane. Any position that PETA supports is automatically dismissed as crazy by most people.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by KiyokosOnlyOnigiri Tuesday, October 07 @ 10:36:27 EDT
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This is ridiculous. I cannot believe that the people of PETA would do this. Exploiting others' real issues just for a profit is wrong to me. I mean, this is something people like me deal with every day, and I doubt milk causes autism. If they're trying to say go on a casein-free diet, this is the wrong way to go about it...



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by AnAlias Tuesday, October 07 @ 13:06:02 EDT
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I emailed PETA last night. This morning I got the following reply: Hello, Thank you for contacting PETA about our billboard highlighting the link between dairy consumption and the severity of autism symptoms. Due to complaints received from those who saw it, we have agreed to take down the billboard in Newark, N.J. Our billboard was designed to raise awareness about scientific evidence indicating that milk can worsen behavior associated with autism. Researchers found that when dairy products were removed from autistic childrenís diets, their behavior improved significantly. Parents who want to protect their children should steer clear of the dairy aisle and choose healthy alternatives, like soy or rice milks. For more information about the link between dairy and autism, please see http://www.PETA.org/feat_autism.asp and http://blog.PETA.org/archives/2008/09/got_autism.php. [Snip long rant about why dairy is bad] Hey, we won! They're taking the billboard down cause they got so many complaints.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Zane Monday, October 06 @ 18:28:57 EDT
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Oh that's F'd up! I know for a fact milk is good for you. The calcium alone is enough to make it worth while and then the vitamin D and also obviously the casein and protein. PETA needs to stop this. I am certain there are worse things on earth than milk. Freaking ignorance i tell you, strait ignorance.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Black-Asp Monday, October 06 @ 18:42:37 EDT
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Here's the petition link: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/autismPETA/signatures.html Personally I hope these adverts don't make their way across the Atlantic or any other ocean for that matter.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Taly Tuesday, October 07 @ 01:18:19 EDT
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The image is shocking and make autism look like "depressing" and increased by milk. But I myself have problems with milk. When I drink it I have head-aches. Of course it depends on each person, but I personally have a problem with milk. But generalizing it to all autistic people on earth is wrong, NTs may have problems with milk too.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Tantybi Monday, December 22 @ 20:40:54 EST
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In addition to add to the obvious stupidity of the ad, what's also stupid is that they seem to be concerned about milk. Animals play a role in providing us milk, and to take that away would take away the necessity for their existence (steal their purpose), that is unless we all just want more steak. Beef, it's what's for dinner. When it comes to babies, they say the soy isn't healthy now (as opposed to cow's milk based formula). I guess soy contains some proteins that make it hard to absorb the protein, vitamins, calcium, etc. But, let's come up with more milk options to test on animals. Yeah, the research I found on this bases their point on results from testing animals. Also, since I heard PETA thinks breast milk is better... They say for babies, breast feeding is best only if the mother is eating a healthy diet rich in animal fats and proteins.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Tantybi Wednesday, December 24 @ 05:57:42 EST
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I said it in my comment to the article, but your comment is what made me think of it. I just had two babies back to back, and I breast fed, and they say breast milk is only healthy, by the way, when the mother is eating a diet rich in animal fats and proteins.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by AGMorehouse Wednesday, December 03 @ 20:41:22 EST
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That's terrible! No one with Autism should ever be exploited like this. I'm all for the right to raise awareness about Autism, but not when linking vegetarianism to this.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by aspiebeauty87 Thursday, December 04 @ 17:06:27 EST
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This is why we need to educate more people on autism so stupid people like that don't get the satisfaction on bringing the wrong messege to the world about us. They can't even bring proof that their acusatations are true. Again world, WERE NOT A DIESEASE OR LAB RATS! Nor was it brought on by vaccinations or side effects to food we were born this way that's all that is to it. They don't wanna believe it.



Both this and Both this and "Cooking Mama Kills!"? PETA can't be serious. (Score: 1)
by fishman Wednesday, December 03 @ 19:05:59 EST
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Apparently this isn't PETA's only attempt to use fear mongering as a way to promote their cause: http://www.peta.org/cooking-mama/index.asp?c=pcmgb08 (Warning!: Scary Images) I mean really, taking an innocent children's game (in this case "Cooking Mama") into something as horrifying as this? When I opened the website it came up with an image of the "Cooking Mama" character with a mad look on her face holding a meat cleaver in one hand and the sickly green corpse of a turkey in the other. It was so scary I couldn't bare myself to look at the rest of the site. Also, it looks like something out of "Robot Chicken" or the mind of a High School Teenager with a twisted sense of humor. Honestly PETA, how do you expect people to take you seriously with ads like this? Fear mongering didn't work for the Republicans in this year's election, so why do you think it will work for you? The best way to gain support for your cause is to create sympathy for those it is meant to help, not by scaring people with ads that attack innocent things like autism and the game "Cooking Mama".



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by meara Wednesday, December 03 @ 01:00:01 EST
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WOW...I understand PETA's fight against using animal furs and skins, but MILK?!? okay that's beyond laughable. humans have been drinking milk for centuries, and no one is going to stop now. it's disgusting how they treat autism as if it's just some kind of cold you can catch. sorry, but a gallon(s) of milk won't cause autism. hmm, that's funny because today i had: a grilled cheese sandwich WITH a glass of milk scrambled eggs with some milk beat into them coffee with creamer! and some cookies with a glass of milk of course. refill please! they invest in more important problems, like world hunger.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by hopelessaspielover Monday, October 06 @ 16:44:04 EDT
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how do we signt the petition? I'd like to either: hopelessaspielover or Brandi Gulick if you like. So are they saying that yoyu can get autism from drinking milk, or that it is a cause of autism?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by alyric Monday, October 06 @ 16:44:19 EDT
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Where's the link to the petition?



PETA stands for... (Score: 1)
by NicholasGray Monday, October 06 @ 17:32:34 EDT
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People for the Egregious Treatment of Autistics?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by MissPickwickian Saturday, November 29 @ 10:57:02 EST
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You guys act like PETA having bad taste is new. It's not. Remember "This Pig Died For Your Sins"? Or "The Holocaust On Your Plate"? Or "Chicks Suffer For Eggs"?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Vulcan613 Sunday, January 18 @ 20:25:32 EST
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As an autistic vegetarian I find this ad horribly offensive. Yes, I've got autism but it is hardly a "devastating disease" it is a neurological difference I was probably born with. How ironic that PETA also has endorsed Temple Grandin -- who is autistic -- as an expert in areas of developing humane slaughter. Grandin is internationally known for her insights about animals and animal behavior -- insights that came BECAUSE OF HER AUTISM!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Androidraptor Sunday, October 26 @ 09:41:40 EDT
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Ugh, I lost all respect for PETA when I found out they use child labor to make merchandise. This just makes it worse. As a person with Asperger's and an interest in animal rights, I am usually pretty appalled with the way PETA does things. The Humane Society is definitely a much better alternative.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by TheMaverick Sunday, November 02 @ 01:23:42 EDT
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This is just discusting. People have been drinking milk for thousands of years and autism is still of reasonably low incidence. this is the must unethical thing ive seen for some time, particularly bad form people who think they are so ethical themselves



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Artemisia Sunday, November 09 @ 13:11:57 EST
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Thanks for raising awareness about this. PETA has been making some strange choices in their advertising lately (remember the ad they ran capitalising on a grisly murder that took place aboard a greyhound bus in Manitoba?) I had a go at deconstructing PETA's autism ad, here: http://thewaxingmoon.blogspot.com/2008/11/got-autism.html My blog gets quite a bit of animal-rights traffic, so it will be interesting to see the response this gets. (A side note: PETA is not really an animal rights organisation, thought they claim to be one; their emphasis is on animal welfare, and there are many people in the animal rights community who don't support PETA.)



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by HereComesTheRain Tuesday, October 21 @ 14:50:15 EDT
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I'm a vegan. I don't eat any meat, dairy or egg products nor byproducts, nor do I buy any garment made out of leather, down, or wool. This being said, it pains me that Peta is exploiting my disorder just to push their extremist agenda which isn't shared by a majority of vegans.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by pat2rome Tuesday, June 30 @ 16:19:14 EDT
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Wow, PETA sure opened my eyes. Quick, Al Gore! Expose the link between global warming and the number of pirates! This is just another reason for me to hate PETA.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by mattl009 Friday, June 12 @ 13:42:50 EDT
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if anything, the crap thats pumped into cows (rgbh, too many antibiotics, etc) has GOT to be bad for people, it aint good for the cows. i love milk, and try to eat organic as we can afford it. pita sucks. i have torn apart their adds in the past when they used half correct statements about global warming and the meat industry. the president of peta left her BODY to peta, and wants them to use it for a HUMAN BARBECUE and / or leather goods. she and that organization are out of their minds. http://www.peta.org/feat/newkirk/will.html



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by bbqplatypus Saturday, October 18 @ 23:11:07 EDT
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What? PETA using misleading and unscrupulous advertising techniques (featuring statistics they no doubt pulled out of their asses) to advance their radical agenda? Color me surprised...NOT.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by CockneyRebel Sunday, October 19 @ 07:58:16 EDT
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I've signed the petition. There's no way that I wish to be seen as a sorry little Retard who ruins life for her family, when I'm high functioning, and I enjoy a good family life. Peta can take their pity party and shove it where the sun don't shine.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by SunnyDragon Thursday, June 11 @ 12:38:48 EDT
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I can understand, but really, it doesn't matter that it is speculated that milk causes autism (which i think is just reduculous) It's the fact that they are using it as an excuse. im not saying their cause isn't just, but it's as iff they want mothers to stop feeding their children milk so they don't have to deal with our quirks. They just need to find a way to understand us. Because we sure try to understand them. And even if milk was a cause, are they trying to prevent us from existing? I don't think they thought this through as well. It almost seems like they don't understand that autistic people understand what they are saying. Im not offended by it really, but it is a bit insensitive



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by MathGirl Monday, April 13 @ 08:02:54 EDT
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Ha wow this is so wrong... I'm a fully vegan aspie and haven't drank milk for at least 2 years... This is kinda stupid and unreasonable.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by chibichibivcc Wednesday, July 15 @ 00:10:27 EDT
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PETA and milk are misleading... milk hasn't had be taller, and Peta just makes me want to club baby seals. Side-Note: I love baby seals and would never actually hurt them. NEVER WOULD I EVER THINK TO HURT INNOCENT ANIMALS. just saying that "Peta just makes me want to club baby seals" seemed to get my thoughts of Peta being crazy and bad enough for me to do such a thing across more strongly. PETA needs to stop using people!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Wrackspurt Sunday, August 02 @ 11:33:17 EDT
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I don't believe this is so much misleading information, but rather meant to be eye-opening. If not the milk itself (or what chemicals the milk contains when cows are raised in an 'unnatural' state) allergies to milk need to be looked into further. I had a friend growing up that suffered from very bad asthma, after the general meds prescribed by his doctor didn't work effectively his mother decided to try a more natural approach and removed all dairy from his diet.. What happened? The asthma completely disappeared. Was this milk itself (humans are certainly smaller than cows, cow milk is designed to nourish a large animal), what the milk contained (chemicals) or was it an allergy to all dairy in general? This needs to be studied as it certainly could cause suppressed autistic genes to spring to life in an otherwise unaffected individual, same as any other disease/condition. I've seen the effects of dairy before my own eyes. On the other hand... I'm highly allergic to soy - did that contribute to my autism? I wouldn't knock anyone willing to look into that, I wouldn't knock anyone with an idea in the cause of autism for each individual either (we are all different and the cause is most likely different for all of us). There is no harm in educating yourself.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by awmperry Tuesday, August 11 @ 21:32:39 EDT
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Bloody PETA again... Every time I see those four letters, I want to have a big juicy hamburger with lots of bacon, washed down with a large milkshake. They started out with a nice idea - "Be nice to animals" - and then they went round the twist. Nowadays they concentrate on being libellous psycho-terrorists, not to mention massive hypocrites. Milk causes autism? Well, back home in Sweden milk is a staple drink for just about everyone, including adults, and autism doesn't seem to be any higher there than anywhere else. Go away, PETA, and leave us to our bacon butties. Oh, and consider what would happen to all the farm animals if people stopped eating meat and drinking milk...



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Mark95 Saturday, August 29 @ 20:51:56 EDT
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This ad is insulting, as a (happy) milk lover and person with Asperger syndrome. Maybe the study went like this: Scientist 1: Hey, that person has autism! Scientist 2: Hey, he's drinking milk! Scientist 1: Hmm, the milk must have caused it.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Vivienne Tuesday, January 19 @ 13:43:24 EST
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I signed the petition. As a parent of a child with ASD the ad pisses me off. And I told them so. To imply that I have caused or worsened my son's disability by feeding him milk - which is healthy for children and needed to form strong bones and teeth - is extremely offensive. I love my son and only do the best for him. I'm sorry if PETA thinks they have better view than that of my family doctor and pediatrician. They are wrong. And they're assholes.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by ShamelessGit Saturday, July 10 @ 21:15:03 EDT
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LOLOLOLOLOL! Don't drink that Cow-BooB-Juice, or you'll be just like me! HA HA HA!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by ShamelessGit Saturday, July 10 @ 21:19:41 EDT
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I'm a vegetarian asperger, and I support PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by solarwriter Monday, July 26 @ 04:14:55 EDT
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The ad is half-baked and misguided. Milk in the USA does contain chemicals and toxic elements banned in the EU and Canada. So American mass production milk is NOT safe but to specify Autism in the ad is not responsible.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by danandlouie Wednesday, July 28 @ 02:36:29 EDT
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i have about 18,ooo hours performing volunteer work in animal shelters. i have seen the most despicable things imaginable. the louie in my address was a bait dog for human slime who fought dogs. he is now my family and my only friend. he's the only lifeform that's ever loved me. ANYTHING that peta does to protect any animal is ok with me. you want to see how factory farm animals live? you want to see animals skinned while still alive? i have films. people who make fun of peta are people who make torturing animals possible. oh, be real men, you tough guys, make fun of animals being abused. oh , you're so brave.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by danandlouie Wednesday, July 28 @ 02:39:43 EDT
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Am I missing something? (Score: 1)
by Bethie Friday, July 30 @ 20:14:52 EDT
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Did I miss the part where this study has been refuted? As an Aspie, I'm supposed to be OFFENDED by an organization publicizing a diet/Autism link? Thank GOD for organizations like PETA who have the bravery to tell the truth about the impact of the Standard American Diet. If only more groups would consider the health of the public, as opposed to trying to elicit outrage in hopes of gaining support from the Autistic community.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by JennyLoughman Saturday, December 18 @ 01:41:52 EST
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That's a bit silly. Both my sister and I are diagnosed autistics and both of us are lactose intolerant, so... I don't know.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by YourMother Tuesday, November 30 @ 21:19:58 EST
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I'm a vegan. PETA should fnck off. Please.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by MONIQUEIJ Sunday, August 29 @ 21:10:24 EDT
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at frist when i saw the got autism ads; i thought it was a funny ad, i didn't put the 2 and 2 together or notice that is was a frown not a smile. no i dislike it.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by LockedBox Monday, November 15 @ 02:31:11 EST
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You know, i don't really buy any of that for a second, because last time i checked aspergers and autism was caused by elevated testosterone levels during fetal development, not milk. My aspergers is quite mild but i go through litres of milk a week, i love the stuff and there is no way that any study can make me give up my milo.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by louthinator Friday, February 05 @ 12:15:23 EST
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TELL THEM TO GIVE US A COPY OF THESE SO CALLED STUDYS ITS PURE IDIOCY AND SHOULD BE STOPPED WHO'S WITH ME?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Catman Tuesday, February 21 @ 05:56:49 EST
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Holy F'n S't!!! I call BS!!! I was raised on a dairy-free diet. It wasn't until I was an adult that I started eating ice cream. I rarely drink any kind of milk. So "if", and that's a BIG "IF", dairy causes increased symptoms, that's "ALL" it does. It can't rewire our brains, dumba**es!!! I swear some people are too stupid to live!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by jessmc Tuesday, September 15 @ 16:17:07 EDT
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I signed the petition. As an aspie vegetarian who doesn't drink milk this ad is extremely offensive to me. I just don't get it. Maybe it's my autism. I mean are they trying to get autistic people to stop drinking milk or are they trying to get other people to stop drinking milk by scaring them that they might develop autism somehow? So not brilliant at all. I mean come on PETA, if milk is bad it's bad for everyone not just people with autism.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by HonoratvsDerazey Saturday, September 19 @ 20:21:41 EDT
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Wow, just wow. Like Autism is a bad thing? Studies show that Albert Einstein had Aspergers, and he influenced the world. Aspergers people get focused on there goals and won't stop until it is reached; LEADING to financial success. You don't get Autism like a disease, you're born with it.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Highboltage Saturday, September 26 @ 14:07:28 EDT
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They are just wrong. I've looked at some of the research they are basing it on and all any of it proves is that under rare certain conditions it can cause autistic like symptoms. The story from some mom the are using as there rallying cry proves it even more. The child was fine until they started giving him milk and after they took him off it the symptoms went away. Doctors make diagnoses all the time missing based on the symptoms with out looking for the underlying problem.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Natureguy27 Saturday, September 26 @ 21:19:59 EDT
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This ad sickens me. PETA is filled with IDIOTS! Link between autism and dairy, yeah right. I understand what PETA is trying to do, but making claims like this is not the way to do it. Not only is the ad misleading, it is also very insensitive. I am now going to drink more milk because of this ad. In your face, PETA!! HA!



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Pixelbreads Thursday, October 01 @ 11:09:30 EDT
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I have been allergic to cow's milk from the day I was born so I did not have ANY cow's milk until I was way older and even now I still cannot have it as it makes me violently ill (have to go to the ER) ...yet....I am still Aspergers/Tourettes/SPD Explain that PETA!!! I am getting so tired of Vegans telling me to just cut out the milk and my autism would go away.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by NinjaSquid Wednesday, January 27 @ 15:17:20 EST
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I really like PETA, Iam vegetarian and I really like animals and also iam hetero sexual man and I like barely clothed girls and you know PETA is about helping animals with hot famous nearly nude chicks, wich I sincerly apreciate! I think PETA is only damging its own reputation with this so who cares?



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Nymphonomicon Sunday, March 11 @ 20:42:19 EDT
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PETA are a domestic terrorist organization funded by selling a lie to the public that they are fighting to prevent cruelty to animals. In truth, they kill more domesticated animals a year than the animal shelters they protest against, pay violent criminals to assault research labs, and send extremists around the country spreading lies and dissent to schoolchildren in hopes of recruiting them.



Re: Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard) (Score: 1)
by Meistersinger Wednesday, August 08 @ 04:45:33 EDT
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And while we're at it, have their friends at HSUS to take a flying leap also. Both of there terrorists groups have ties to the Animal Liberation Front.


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