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Court OKs German Ban On PETA's "Holocaust On Your Plate" Ads



The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a German ban on a poster campaign by (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Germany, reports Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The campaign used gruesome Nazi concentration camp imagery to evoke the suffering of factory-farmed animals today.

The decision said that limiting PETA’s basic right to express an opinion with its “Holocaust On Your Plate” campaign was justified in view of the “specific context of German history.”

The campaign dates back to 2004, but its implementation was blocked by a Berlin court decision. Deutsche Welle reports that the Central Council of Jews in Germany had sought an injunction against campaign saying that using the pictures trivialized the fate of Holocaust victims. PETA appealed, but the German Constitutional Court upheld the decision.

The decision was welcomed by Central Council's president, Dieter Graumann, writes Deutsche Welle. "To exploit the Holocause to protest against factory farming is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable," said Graumann.

A similar campaign did, however, run in the USA but the posters for the planned German campaign were more explicit. One poster showed naked concentration camp inmates next to pictures of starving cattle. Another juxtaposed piles of human bodies with piles of slaughtered pigs.

PETA has three months to appeal if it chooses to do so.

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Flexing Against Sexism: Meet The Women Bodybuilders Of Nepal

Women bodybuilders are rare in a society that prefers them thin, soft — and fully clothed. But with sports, gold-medal winners like Rajani Shrestha are helping inspire change.

Photograoph of four female bodybuilders holding their country's flags on stage.

Judges and attendees observe the 55th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Kathmandu

Yam Kumari Kandel/GPJ NEPAL
Yam Kumari Kandel

KATHMANDU — Rajani Shrestha exercises at a gym near Baneshwor Height, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, as she prepares for a major bodybuilding championship. As the 42-year-old lifts around 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in a deadlift, her veiny arms and neck muscles bulge out. A woman with “muscles like a man,” she says, is a very rare sight here.

The men bodybuilders in the club stare at her. “I don’t care what anyone says or does. I must win the competition anyway,” Shrestha says. As the day progresses, she is the only one left in the club. For Shrestha, there is no time to waste. On this August weekday, it’s only a month to go till the 55th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship.

In 2019, Shrestha won silver medals at the 12th South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship, held in Kathmandu, and the 53rd Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship, in Batam, Indonesia. The National Sports Council also recognized her for excellence.

Shrestha does not fit the normative definition of an ideal woman in Nepal. In a society where a thin body is considered beautiful, women bodybuilders with brawny bodies are labeled “men” and are often the target of ridicule and derision.

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