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, PETAKIDS.com, 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!