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Published:September 2nd, 2011 10:48 EST

PETA Protests Rose Bowl Parade Float Featuring An Elephant -- A Fake One

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Officials in Glendale, Calif., are working on ways to make their circus elephant float for the Rose Bowl Parade less obnoxious to animal rights activists.

The float features an elephant -- manufactured -- pulling a carriage. While no living elephants will be harmed when the float travels through Pasadena on New Year`s Day, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say it glorifies the exploitation of animals in the circus."



The Rose Bowl Parade features flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians, but no elephants. The float that PETA finds offensive features a paper mache elephant pulling a carriage. As far as I know paper mache elephants aren`t on the endangered animals list.

PETA`s protests are always controversial, sometimes brilliant, and sometimes, like in this case, patently absurd. There are hundreds of circuses where elephants, and other animals, are abused and exploited -- that`s where PETA should be staging their demonstrations.

The circus elephant float is meant to be aesthetically pleasing, it`s not meant to be an endorsement of circuses. I urge everyone to boycott circuses where animals are abused, and that basically means every circus that uses animals.

Bottom Line: Circuses suck! The Rose Bowl Parade is cool!

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