Now People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty, an unscripted show about a wealthy family that makes products for duck hunters. The organization is calling for A&E to cancel its popular show in light of Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ.
“PETA wants A&E to do more than suspend one of the characters on Duck Dynasty for damning gays,” the statement said. “We call on the channel to challenge the entire crew of duck slayers to ignore Sarah Palin’s self-serving slap on the back for spewing hate speech and deny that they are as anti-gay as they are anti-animal. All people who consider themselves followers of Christ should follow all His teachings—and that includes showing mercy, compassion, and kindness to all of God’s creation, human and nonhuman alike. What’s ‘sinful’ is hating people and animals. PETA asks everyone who consider themselves to be Christian to reject hate speech and call for this show’s cancellation.”
On Wednesday, the network announced that it has suspended Robertson for an undetermined amount of time after he made anti-gay statements to the men’s magazine.