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PETA Protests Glendale Elephant Float

GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 2 (UPI) — 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 Glendale News-Press reported.

PETA members demonstrated Tuesday outside the Glendale city council meeting, holding signs with slogans like “Circuses Are No Fun For Animals.”

Mayor Laura Friedman suggested making the elephant a wild one, and Councilman Rafi Manoukian said the float could carry a sign opposing the use of elephants in circuses. Councilman Dave Weaver, on the other hand, said the float design is a closed issue and the council should just stay out of it.

Glendale’s float was made possible this year, in a time of straitened municipal finances, by large donations from business owners.

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  • s c

    Let’s hear it for the brave pc soldiers of PETA. I’d like to know if I need to turn myself into the nearest police department, as I was thinking of riding on an elephant in every major parade between now and Christmas. Will it be a misdemeanor, or is it considered a felony?
    I need to know, as I can’t live with the thought that I might have too many independent thoughts in these Utopian States of America. Will there be a fine? I’ve spent half of my 10 billion dollar estate inheritance, and I’m sure PETA will want their fair share. Uncle Scam may want some, too. Would it OK if I asked if PETA will still love me when I’m broke? Thanks so much for being special.

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