The people at PETA hate animals. They don't want people to eat them, wear their skins or fur or keep them as pets. Their ultimate agenda is to eliminate all association between people and animals. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 646094
I used to be a PETA member and was very vocal about the mistreatment of animals for many years. I still really care about animals and feel really sorry for them and think our treatment of them is one of the weakest points of our civilization.
But I think you summed it up nicely, PETA won't acknowledge that animals and people are capable of having a beautiful and mutually beneficial relationship.
I think when you train animals to their highest level of achievement, for instance horses in dressage at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, you give them a great gift of increasing the meaning and quality of their life.
Anyone who could look at a tradition like that and see abuse, cruelty and exploitation, has pieces missing, in my opinion.
However I sure wish there were more examples to point to of the highest level of interaction between animals and man. Animals like to have something to do! They get bored and benefit from training, like the performing SuperDogs which are all owned by individuals, in private homes.
I can't stand confinement farming and the way slaughterhouses and shipping conditions are today. I have been a vegetarian since I was a kid, but not a vegan. Who knows I might eat meat if things were done a lot differently than they are.