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PETA Pickets Elementary School

By paulabernstein |

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Justin Bieber Supports PETA

A person in an elephant costume with a bloody bandage wrapped around a “wound” greeted parents coming to pick up their kids at a Pennsylvania elementary school yesterday.

Needless to say, many of the parents — and their children — were horrified by the sight of a bloody “elephant.”

Who was behind the demonstration? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group said that the idea behind the elephant’s appearance was to convince kids and their parents to boycott the Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, which will perform in Pittsburgh next month, according to UPI.

This isn’t the first time PETA has picketed outside of an elementary school. They have staged similar protests outside schools around the country.

On the one hand, I think it’s important for kids to learn about standing up for what they believe in. On the other hand, using graphic images to make their point might be a little unnecessarily harsh for little kids.

“I generally support PETA, but I don’t believe demonstrating outside an elementary school is the proper venue,” said Sabrina Weihrauch, 48, the parent of a Colfax student. “This is not the way to go about it.”

Apparently, the school’s principal did his best to direct students away from the demonstration.

PETA says their goal is to inform young people about the dangers they say Ringling Brothers circus poses to animals.  PETA spokeswoman Virginia Fort said the intention was to “gently let children know” how the circus treats elephants.

PETA has been alleging animal abuse at the circus for years, but Ringling Brothers denies it.

PETA has tried to indoctrinate kids into the cause of animal rights through their website,, which features quizes, contests, and celebrity news (Justin Bieber loves animals!) and music.

By protesting outside schools, is PETA using kids as a publicity stunt? And do you think this is a good way to get their message across? They might fare better by having PETA supporter Justin Bieber visit schools!

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Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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17 thoughts on “PETA Pickets Elementary School

  1. goddess says:

    They are in the same league as those who drive vehicles with pictures of bloody fetuses in public.
    I’d pick my kids up and stash them with my mom, get my BFF and go get a big bucket of KFC and settle down across from the picketers for lunch, LOL.

  2. goddess says:

    Also- I don’t think schools and the surrounding areas are the place for propaganda, period. You want to “educate” my kids? You’d BETTER have a license to do so!

  3. paulabernstein says:

    I agree, goddess. Nobody should be protesting in front of the school.

  4. bob says:

    Was it a circumcision wound? Are they pachyintactivists?

  5. Sean says:

    Some of you seem to be against “propaganda” outside of schools. Well, what do you think the circus does INSIDE schools? They are a for-profit business that infiltrates schools and promotes itself with free ticket giveaways for kids, knowing ticket-buying parents will be with them. If you are against a First Amendment protest outside a school, to be consistent you need to be against this animal-abusing circus giving away tickets to these same kids INSIDE the school.

    And there’s no doubt about the torture and cruelty involved in this circus. They have accumulated pages of USDA violations. And pictures taken by THEIR OWN TRAINERS show the tying, beating and shocking of elephants.

    Stay away. Don’t support that.

  6. Jack says:

    Comments Sounds like Bob does not like the circus beside I would not wont PETA pickeding at my school becouse they give money to a terrorist organization

  7. Elizabeth says:

    7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA

    1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer.

    2) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer.

    3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation,” adding, “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

    4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.”

    5) PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.” And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on.

    6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs. PETA’s religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals.

    7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches. As gossip bloggers and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior”; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official “okay” from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron’s celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, “Baby Phat” designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokesmodel despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group.

  8. goddess says:

    Um Sean- I’ve had kids in both public and parochial school since 1990- and there’s never been a circus visit, affiliation, hand out, advertisement at ALL. Don’t need to bother them about something that deosn’t exist here in our district.

  9. Manjari says:

    I’m not a fan of PETA’s methods in general, but I do think everyone should boycott the circus. It’s a terrible shame to use animals that way. It’s hard to know how to get people’s attention and spread awareness, because so many people don’t want to even think about what these animals’ lives are like. They just get all nostalgic about their own childhood circus visits and want to take their kids too. I will never take my kids to the circus.

  10. Laura Johnson says:

    As a parent with a child in school, I would be outraged at a PETA demonstration with a “pretend bloody elephant” on site. If a parent wants to take their children to the circus…that is THEIR business. It is not the business of PETA. This organization is HYPOCRITICAL beyond belief…with President Ingrid Newkirk stating that she used to arrive early at work at an animal control facility so SHE could do the euthanizing of the dogs and cats. Now, what kind of person is that? What kind of person is against research to fight AIDS? What kind of person believes that ANY animal use is ABUSE? Only a nut job.

  11. bob says:

    I see the question here to be about neither the circus, nor about PETA, it’s about the protest method. Debate whatever you want, but that was the point of the post.

  12. Sean says:

    More misinformation (lies) from people who make money abusing animals.

    “According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs”

    Peta only euthanizes sick, unadoptable animals that would never find a home, from nearby shelters that would use antiquated methods like gassing.

    “Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.”

    Perfect. Abused animals in all industries should be liberated. No problem with that.

    “PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals.”

    An outright lie. Completely made up. Show me convictions. They don’t exist.

    “PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes… etc”

    Yes. Because they spend hundreds of millions of dollars and decades wasting time and money keeping labs in business instead of finding cures. Ever wonder why we’ve been hearing, for FIFTY YEARS, that Jerry Lewis’s telethon is always “this close to a cure” but that cure hasn’t come in 50 years and billions of dollars? Bet the house there will be another telethon next year and the year after that with no cure. It’s big business. They’re not going to put themselves out of business with billions of dollars coming in.

    “Peta claims that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. ”

    Probably was. There’s no evidence he ate dead animals. You weren’t there and neither was anybody else. But we do know his life and teachings were all about compassion, not slaughter and death.

    “PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches”

    Peta and most animal rights groups believe that anything anybody does to minimize animal cruelty is a good thing. If you stop eating dead animals and stop drinking cows’ milk and stop buying products from companies that poison animals, you’re on the right track, even though you still may have leather shoes or may not be completely vegan. ANYTHING you do that improves things for animals is to be admired. Keep working at it.

    Peta is one of the most effective organizations of its kind in the world. Anything people do to stop animal suffering is a good thing. Only people who are in animal abusing businesses try to disparage an organization that does so much good.

  13. karen says:

    there are federal charges and a RICO violation (basically collusion across state lines to commit crimes)pending against these radical animal rights groups because they paid a former ringling brothers employee to lie in court about the care the elephants receive at the circus. why would anyone ondone the brainwashing of our children by these groups??? i’ll teach my children what “I” believe, not what “they” believe – that is still a parents right!

  14. Marj says:

    PETA are dangerous lunatics. I have no problem with animal rights activists and vegetarians, etc. but their methods are repulsive and damage animal rights by association.

  15. genie says:

    i would be fine if PETA wanted to target our school – but drop the bloody elephant – just haveing it hold a sign pleading with kids to not hurt it would be fine with me – kids are smart let them draw thier own conclusions – but then i dont go to ur kid’s schools offering them hot dogs and hamburgers so dont go offering my kids comic books portraying animale abuse – u want kids to not go to the cirus fine – go after the adults who pay for the tickets and actually bring them there – protest where the cirus is dont protest by hiding behind our kids instead – and PETA is right that our school does send home stuff just saying that the cirus is in town – but if PETA wants to hang some of those ‘justin’ posters in and around school fine after all the posters arent graphic or anything

  16. Aaron Karns says:

    Regarding Bob’s comments above: I think that it is despicable that PETA
    attacks organizations such as the March of Dimes. How low can you go, PETA? Bob in his posting above, defends PETA, and yet even he acknowledges (with an emphatic “Yes”) that PETA attacks non-profits like the March of Dimes. Regarding Jerry Lewis: 1) Jerry Lewis has NOT been doing the MDA Telethon for 50 years. I believe he was still doing stand-up with Dean Martin and making comedy movies like the “Nutty Professor” 50 years ago. Now, it is true that Lewis has been doing the MDA Telethons for a long time, and for that he deserves to be commended, not condemned by the PETA fanatics. In fact, MDA has found cures for many of the Duchene-types of muscular dystrophy, however, research is a long, slow painstaking process that sometimes requires, sadly, decades, or in some cases, even centuries. Tragically, some diseases will never be cured. But does that mean that people like Jerry Lewis and MDA should just give up and stop trying? Does that mean that Lewis should give up his irrespressible optimism about being “this close to finding a cure.” No, I don’t think so.
    Also, I think that it is the height of hypocrisy for PETA to condemn
    Lewis and the MDA for not yet finding a cure for all forms of muscular dystrophy when they oppose animal testing that might lead to cures for
    diseases like muscular dystrophy, cancer, and AIDS.
    Finally, regarding Jesus Christ: Are you forgetting that the Son of Mary and Joseph once fed a crowd of 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and FISH? Or, that among his apostles was Simon Peter, a fisherman? Peter certainly ate fish and made his livelihood by ccatching fish. If Jesus Himself did not eat meat (fish), He certainly never discouraged anyone from doing so. (Technically, fish is not considered meat, but poultry. But, wait a minute, doesn’t PETA also oppose the eating of chickens, which like fish, are considered poultry?

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