PETA convergence today

According to a media alert issued by PETA, members of the animal rights organization will gather at the intersection of K and 7th streets in Sacramento today at noon.

Prior to the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sacramento, PETA members will gather at a busy intersection and show the public pictures of still-nursing baby elephants being captured rodeo-style and dragged away from their mothers. The compelling photos, which were taken by a veteran elephant handler inside Ringling’s Florida training center, also show how baby elephants are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day for up to a year—often as the helpless, chained mother elephants look on.

Check out the photos and judge for yourself. I’m no fan of the circus anyway, but I am sure there are two heated sides to this issue.

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3 thoughts on “PETA convergence today”

  1. There are two heated sides to a nice bbq steak as well.

    If they really had an argument that resonated at all with normal people, they wouldn’t have to resort to the circus (pun intended) atmosphere, of showing things that they claim “often” (or was it once?) happen.

    After you’ve eliminated illegal immigration, crime, taxes, and other ills, then come whine to me about the poor chickens being cooped up.

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  2. PETA’s fondness for featuring nude supermodels in their ads makes me wonder if their real message is ‘it’s not okay to exploit animals, but women, sure!

    But in the case of circus animals I would argue that there’s no good reason to treat them this cruelly. Elephants in particular are extremely intelligent and have as much if not more strong feelings for their children as do humans. Also, in regards to trained animals, there’s no argument for their necessity as is often brought up in regards to animals slaughtered for food. With all the other entertainment options the 21st century has to offer (cage matches, anyone?), we don’t ‘need’ elephants trained to stand on their heads or march in line holding each other’s tails.

    I also don’t need clowns honking air horns in my face and throwing Jolly Ranchers at me, but that’s another topic….

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