PETA Ad Exhibits Bad Taste

Newspaper won't run ad comparing bus decapitation murder to meat industry

Thursday, Aug 7, 2008  |  Updated 2:12 PM EDT
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PETA Ad Exhibits Bad Taste

PETA ad that was not published in Canadian newspaper.

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A newspaper in western Canada refused to accept a paid advertisement by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which compared the brutal decapitation of a 22-year-old bus passenger and subsequent cannibalism with the practices of the commercial meat industry.

The ad reads in part “His struggles and cries are ignored ... the man with the knife shows no emotion ... the victim is slaughtered and his head cut off ... his flesh is eaten." PETA is actually describing how animals are sometimes killed in a slaughterhouse, but there is a strong allusion to the murder of Tim McLean aboard a bus in Canada July 30th.

McLean was killed by Vince Weiguang Li, who produced a hunting knife during a bus trip and cut off McLean's head while the victim was sleeping. Allegations of cannibalism during a standoff with police have been made in the case.

According to The Canadian Press, city editor at The Portage La Prairie Daily Graphic, Tara Seel, declined to publish the ad. She said it was just something that the paper didn't want to do. The ad can be seen on PETA's web site.

Bus line Greyhound just pulled ads for its services that read "There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage.'"

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