Adapted, (and far better) PETA poster by Bev.
The advertising company have taken the offensive and stupid billboards down, but PETA are still insisting that they're in the right.
Ari Ne'eman, President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network shared the good news:
I am happy to announce that PETA's recent, "Got Autism?" billboard has been removed by the advertising company hosting it. The billboard misinformed the public about the autism spectrum by falsely implying that milk consumption was the cause of autism. Such advertising contributes to a state of public hysteria about the autism spectrum, fueling the fear and resulting prejudice that marginalizes us from society at large. It is unacceptable for autistic people, our families and supporters to be used as instruments in PETA's political agenda or that of any other unscrupulous interest group. Our community came together to communicate the need for a swift withdrawal of this ill-informed piece of advertising, and I'm pleased to say that were able to achieve a swift result. That we were able to accomplish this so quickly and effectively speaks well for the autistic community and the cross-disability rights movement. Thank you all for your support.Thanks to everyone who read and shared this information and especially to those who signed the petition. Thanks to Ben Goldacre, David Colquhoun, Bock and the rest of you who mentioned all this, guaranteeing that far more people got to hear about it. It's really heartening to see such wide support for human respect and integrity.
But most of all, thanks to Ari and the disability advocates who once again led the way, organised and worded the petition so perfectly, and showed what we can achieve when we work together.