Should PETA be protesting at elementary schools?
A person in an elephant costume with a bloody bandage wrapped around a supposed wound on its head is going to be standing outside of a D.C. public elementary school this afternoon in an effort by PETA--People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals--to inform young people about the dangers it says Ringling Brothers circus poses to animals.
PETA has been in a running battle with Ringling Brothers , periodically alleging abuse of one animal or another, with the circus denying it.
The animal rights organization has been staging protests at other public schools around the country. Today's is set for outside Barnard Elementary School in Northwest Washington.
It’s difficult to oppose a protest in support of the ethical treatment of animals--except when it is staged in an obvious attempt to use kids on their way to school to get publicity.
PETA officials say they are simply trying to educate young kids. But anybody who knows anything about education knows that publicity stunts with high shock value levels aren’t the right way to teach young kids anything.
If PETA wants young people to develop a conscience about animal rights, there are smarter ways of going about this.
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| March 9, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories: D.C. Schools | Tags: D.C. schools, PETA, circus
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