Bryan Adams, PETA and hypocrisy

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Bryan Adams is an extremely active supporter and photographer for PETA, a group that for years has been running a campaign calling on people worldwide to not visit Canada: an anti-Canadian tourist industry campaign.

Tourism in Canada is an industry that provides a livelihood for tens of thousands of Canadian citizens in a wide variety of businesses: hotels and B&Bs, tour and outdoor activities operators, bus and taxi operators, fishing and hunting camps, the Calgary Stampede, restaurants, and anything to do with utilizing animals, including ranching, fur farming, trapping, beef and pork production, etc.

The anti-Canadian tourism campaign run by PETA and actively supported by Bryan Adams is aimed — at a minimum — at reducing the incomes of the above people and, if possible, eliminating many of these jobs regardless of the financial impact upon the families dependent on the income derived from them.

Yet, while he actively supports destroying the incomes of Canadians, he feels no compunction about earning his own income from those very same people.

Talk about hypocrisy.

Bryan Adams has every right to play wherever he wishes, despite the hypocrisy. People who wish to attend his concerts have every right to do so but they should do so knowing what his support of PETA’s anti-tourism campaign is doing to them or their neighbours.

Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are all provinces where jobs are threatened by the tourist ban demanded by PETA and Bryan Adams, yet here he is adding to his wealth by playing in these provinces while destroying the wealth of our citizens.

I guess he rationalizes his hypocrisy by saying that he and PETA are calling for a tourist ban and he is not a tourist but simply a working man.

Jim Winter

St. John’s

Organizations: Calgary Stampede

Geographic location: Canada, Quebec, New Brunswick Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Ryan Adams even...
    April 22, 2014 - 07:11

    If Morrissey and Bryan Adams don't like is I don't give a fig, if kieth Richards or van Morrison condemns us, text me. Stupid no talent hacks, wouldn't play a hackapick. Gaff,em off da stage!!

  • carmelita martin
    April 21, 2014 - 12:25

    Too bad someone with the notoriety of Bryan Adams, cannot find something better to do with his time, with all the violence and hunger going on in the world.

  • Pixie Blue
    April 21, 2014 - 03:19

    The Average American consumes 276 pounds of meat a year. The Average Canadian consumes 137. Think about that with the population differences for a moment: US- 87 billion pounds, Canada- 4.8 billion pounds. They literally consume 20 times more meat than Canada but somehow we are the enemy and not the US. I wonder why that is... oh yes, because if he boycotted the US he'd end up with pristine morals and an empty bank account. I understand now.

  • Martin
    April 20, 2014 - 18:52

    I find the actions of Brian Adams and PETA to be hypocritical and discusting. At the same time, I am shocked at how gullible the general populace seems to be in listening to them. Every individual should have the guts to assess the issues here and make personal decisions, NOT just adopt decisions made by others.

  • Anne Hawco
    April 20, 2014 - 12:57

    Bryan Adams made derogatory comments about Newfoundland over 20 years ago. Since then I have had no use for him. And I am not at all surprised by his hypocrisy. Notice he does not support any causes that would take money out of his pocket. Hypocrisy thy name is Adams.

  • Christopher
    April 19, 2014 - 18:14

    Just goes to show there are people who like myself refuse to let the sealing industry control my life.

  • Chris
    April 19, 2014 - 16:35

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website lists a report issued by the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) on PETA's animal care record at its pet shelter in Norfolk, VA. 89.4 percent of the adoptable pets, in its care during 2012, were euthanized, an average of over 30 pets per week. It stated that 1647 cats and dogs were euthanized, while only 19 (NINETEEN) were placed in adoptive homes. Since 1998, PETA has been responsible for the death of 29,398 animals. This can be verified at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.