So while Slater made £2,000 ($2,600USD) for that initial photo, within the first year, by the time Wikimedia got their hands into it, he wasn’t getting any money from it any more. According to Business Insider, he’s lost close to £10,000 ($13K USD) in royalties since then. Now, if it was just a matter of a debate over who owns a copyright, that’d be one thing. Instead, PETA got involved and decided to fuck up Slaters life, just because.
Full disclosure, I’m not a vegan, but I do try to respect people’s opinions about animals, and meat consumption and all that, but I don’t like PETA. I think they’re, by definition, an intimidation organization, using fear, bullying and graphic images to shame people into their worldview, but not really doing much to help. Protests and walking around naked slathered in fake blood only goes so far, if you’re not actually spending your time making the world a better place for animals. I can remember the last time Pamela Anderson wore a lettuce bikini, but not the last time they donated any significant money to a shelter or rescued animals in danger. In fact, if you want people to stop eating meat, take the time to educate them on alternative protein sources, rather than shoving pictures of dead pigs in my face.