Skip to comments.Glendale Rose Parade Float Upsets PETA (Fake Elephant Abused)
Posted on 08/31/2011 9:38:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The animal rights group PETA is upset over the City of Glendale's Rose Parade float that features an elephant.
The city of Glendale will enter into the Tournament of Roses Parade this year for the 99th time. This year, their float features a circus elephant pulling a calliope.
But, this years float is almost the float that wasnt. Glendale was faced with tough financial choices earlier this year and decided a luxury like a parade float just wasnt going to fly.
The city told residents that if they wanted to continue their annual participation, they would have to pay.
Hefty corporations and private donations kept the float dream alive.
The design with the circus elephant was the idea that everyone agreed on. Everyone except the animal rights group, PETA.
PETA protested and objected at city council meetings that this was promoting circus cruelty to elephants.
"They do a good job, they do a great job. But I think, they're just taking it over the top," said Garry Ackerman, president of the Glendale Rose Float Association.
Glendale was blindsided by the criticism, and they took a step back to evaluate.
"I think for us it was a surprise to see the plight of animals, tied in with this float," said Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman.
"But they have their point," she said. "At this point, the float is being constructed, there's no time, there's no money to start over again. So I think that PETA has done their job in terms of getting out and educating people about their issue, but it's not going to affect the future of our float,"
Friedman added that the criticism is even more of a surprise considering Glendale passed an ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores.
"That's the irony," said Friedman. "People who came to council to speak last night acknowledged this, that the city of Glendale has just banned the sale of cats and dogs from puppy mills, and it was a really big step, and it's something that not a lot of cities have done and we did it because we are concerned with animal welfare."
So, the long tradition for Glendale continues with some unexpected bumps in the road. Ackerman says PETA need not to worry, the elephant will get the royal treatment.
"It's not an abusive elephant, we're not beating it up, it's not a real elephant, we're putting it on a motorized platform, we're giving him a tour of Pasadena, and we may even bring him back to Glendale if he wants to see Glendale." said Ackerman.
When the twinkletoes at PETA start protesting alleged "cruelty" to inanimate shapes on floats, there is only ONE proper response:
GO POUND SAND AND BRING ME BACK A HAM SANDWICH!
omg, what jerks, peta is over the top and glendale should stand up for themselves.
...and how many cats and dogs does their ban condemn to cruel deaths at the hands of 'puppy mill" owners who see their markets disappearing? They've done it in the past.
Every one of their stupid, cockamamie stunts is taken seriously and gets widespread, outraged [outraged!, I tell you] coverage. They must sit in their offices and laugh their a**es off.
When will people wise up and just ignore them?
Yawn. PETA continuing to pick on targets like floats for parades, and models and matrons wearing fur. I’m looking forward to when they head for the biker and leather bars and try their sh!t there. Not holding breath.
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