The animal rights group PETA has taken on some strange issues over the years.
You can now add one more to the list: carousels that unfairly enslave poor, innocent plastic representations of animals!
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Does PETA have a problem with animal-themed fun toys?
Wrap your head around this.
Fox News reports, “The animal rights organization PETA has urged Kansas' largest amusement ride manufacturer to end the production and sale of animal-themed carousels.”
“Children learn through play, and teaching them respect and empathy for all sentient, sentient beings can help create a more just and compassionate world,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a press release.
Now, that's not a crazy thing to say. Conservationists are nature conservationists and animal lovers. They want their children to be kind to all of God's creatures. But how does this relate to the animal-shaped plastic circular chairs?
The story continued:
PETA implored Aaron Landrum, president and CEO of Chance Rides, in a letter Tuesday to end its production of animal-themed carousels and instead produce figures shaped like cars, planes, spaceships, bulldozers and other vehicles.
The PETA president said the different circular shapes would “capture children's imagination”, as well as “showcasing human talent”.
“PETA urges Chance Rides and all other carousel manufacturers to stop outdated animal-themed rides and embrace designs that engage children's imaginations and showcase human talent,” Newkirk said.
PETA argues that the animal theme contributes to the implication that animals are used as “conveyance” and “amusement.”
Interestingly, PETA doesn't have a terrible idea there. Kids will love rides with jet fighters, sports cars, heavy machinery or spaceships. But again, these things don't need to be mutually exclusive.
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Therefore this complaint is ridiculous.
No animals are harmed. Absolutely.
However, PETA suggested to Landrum in a letter that the company “end the production and sale of animal-themed carousels that normalize the use of animals as a means of transportation and entertainment, and instead produce carousels in the form of cars, airplanes, spaceships, bulldozers, and other vehicles.” More unusual vehicles or designs, such as meteors, rainbows, or brooms.
There is nothing wrong with photographing animals as long as no one is harming the animals.
If anything, you glorify them as wonderful creations of God's creation, and how they relate to man.
This is a good thing.
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