#9: Steven Seagal
Resisting the temptation to list PETA was difficult, but made easier thanks to Steven Seagal.
Of course, had PETA been named, it would not have been for their politics. Like peace in the Middle East, the ethical treatment of animals is a fair cause that, while often disagreed with, should at least be understood.
What needs to be understood (by PETA; for you, this will be nothing new) is that PETA is not resented because of their cause, but for the ways in which they are infamous for promoting it: By nitpicking over high-profile trivialities and performing shameless publicity stunts.
It was during such a (presumed) publicity stunt that Steven Seagal, a longtime supporter of PETA, earned the #9 spot on the wanted list.
In December of 2009, Seagal began appearing in an A&E reality series, “Steven Seagal: Lawman”, which followed him around as he (allegedly) performed his duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana.
For one episode, in an apparent partnership with Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio (yes, that Joe Arpaio), Seagal took part in a raid of an alleged cockfighting ring.
Court records show that 40 deputies, a bomb robot and an armored vehicle were used during the raid.
Explaining himself to local reporters, Seagal stated “Animal cruelty is one of my pet peeves.”
The owner of the alleged cockfighting ring, Jesus Llovera, claimed that the animals were merely for show, and on top of filing to have the case against him dismissed, Llovera’s lawyer filed a $100,000 suit against Seagal, Arpaio and the county Board of Supervisors for killing over 100 roosters and an 11-month-old puppy during the raid.
Partnering with a controversial looney cowboy wannabe like Joe Arpaio in the first place would have been irresponsible enough, but if Seagal were truly serious about combating animal cruelty, this raid made him into his own worst enemy.
The ranks of PETA are full of crazy people who should never be taken seriously, but I can’t think of any others that have ever been sued for allegedly killing over a hundred animals in one single instance.
It also warrants at least a mention that Seagal filmed a two-minute video in which he claimed to be supporting Barack Obama just because he hated Chuck Norris. But it’s Seagal’s ultimate hypocrisy — the moment in which he became a chief violator of the very thing he claimed to be fighting against, that has ruined any chance of his word ever being worth anything ever again.
Oh. And speaking of Chuck Norris. . .
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