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PETA still wants Lodi to place restrictions on circuses

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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 10:00 pm

Months after the Carson and Barnes Circus left Lodi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals still would like to see Lodi ban the use of bullhooks, electric prods and other devices used to inflict pain on elephants.

Lodi is not the only city that has faced the issue of whether to restrict or ban circuses. Some cities, like Encinitas and Rohnert Park, have already banned all exotic animals within city limits.

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  • posted at 4:26 pm on Sun, Sep 20, 2009.


    PETA steps over the line when it puts human life and animal life on the same equal plane. That is a huge philosophy shift most people don't understand about PETA. It is unique in History totally and inconsistently out of whack with any reasonable thinking. So don't try having a rational conversation with them. They have no honest and understandable relationship with animals set in human historical context. Their frame of reference is Walt Disney, and Winnie the Pooh. They have anthromorphized (the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman objects) mostly the cute animals otherwise their campaign to save the dolphins would also include the tuna. But no, tuna aren't cute with little rounded heads like human babies.Most PETA members were raised in the suburbs or cities and have been isolated from the real world of working with animals and have no clue about the real world of animals' lives. They know little about what happens on a real farm, expecially a family farm. they have also very little knowledge of what really happens in the wild.

  • posted at 1:36 pm on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    DCB, your dinner is waiting for you, in the produce section of your favorite market. Enjoy

  • posted at 1:14 pm on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    dogs4you: I am not "anti-meat". I eat beef and chicken. I just TRY and be an informed consumer and try not to eat animals that have been killed in an inhumain way. I've heard of different fast food companies buying "meat" from places that hurt and torture animals. I'm all for eating beef and poltury, but why make the animals suffer in the process for my enjoyment.

  • posted at 10:41 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    DCB, are you out of your flying spaghetti sauce mind, animals were put on earth for one thing, for humans to eat. And I would be carefull how I used the word torture, that might mean waterboarding, and we wouldn`t want to waterboard the family cat, maybe my mother in law, there is always an exception.

  • posted at 9:58 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    Animals were not put on this earth to amuse us. We should not ever hurt or torture animals for our entertainment. How would YOU feel if there were children being whipped and tortured to perform in front of us. Honestly, in my opinion there is no difference. Humans and animals both feel pain.

  • posted at 9:51 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    I will never look at a can of Armadillo meat the same. I will try to understand when PETA wears Birkenstocks made from woven corn husks. Please, Please don't go after "Man vs Wild" for eating lizards, spiders and grubs !!!!!

  • posted at 8:14 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    Gray Cloud, would you like some cheese with those monkeys.Lodi`s CC and PETA, what an interesting combo, brings the Demo`s donkey to mind.

  • posted at 7:43 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    I agree !!! Lets save the animals. Get all the PETA people to dress up like animals [monkeys come immediately to mind] and have them run around and do tricks. Then instead of feeding the lions animal meat, feed them the "monkeys".

  • posted at 12:39 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    "animal-free circuses" WTF?Oh... she must be talking about the Galt City council.

  • posted at 12:37 am on Sun, Sep 13, 2009.


    Ummmm... tastes like chicken.

  • posted at 1:49 pm on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    I`d LOVE to get a hold of some deep-fried elephant while wearing my alligator boots! Then for dessert go hunt me some of them wacked out PETA members!! Theys is pretty squirlly tho! Keep duckin into them fairy shrimp ponds!

  • posted at 12:04 pm on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    peta needs to go away.

  • posted at 12:01 pm on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    Maybe City Council can offer prayers for the elephants.

  • posted at 11:52 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    Ever watfch the big top pulled up by the elephants? The 'tainer' stands about ten feet away watch the block and tackle and winches. He signals with horizontal and vertical movements of the bullhook. Not even near enough to touch the elephants.I heard a member of the sister organization of the Peta group; the PAWS group, ask children what their belt or shoes were made of. Woe unto the children that said leather. The paws person then said "you don't have to murder animals just so you can have belts and shoes."I meant is that fringe thinking or not?Besides PAWS is for performing animals, I don't think any of them end up as shoes and belts.

  • posted at 11:19 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    I belong to peta! People eating tastyanimals..mmmmmmmmgood!!

  • posted at 10:51 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    What a load of crap...

  • posted at 7:03 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    PETA clames that bullhooks are used on elephants, ever seen a bullhook? They are nothing more that a rounded piece of brass with a blunt end, not a sharp hook as some would think. Used to get the animals attention much like a choke chain is used to get a dogs attention, and never ment to hurt or injure the animal. While elephants in the wild might live free, the constant fight for survival goes on daily. Never enough to eat and at times of drought never enough water. And then there are the elephants biggest predator, the poacher who would kill the magnificent animals for their ivory tusks. Where as the animals in the circus relinquish their freedom to be well cared for, given ample water and food on a daily basis, and veterinary care if needed, all that for working at the most an hour or two out of 24. It is my hope that the CC of Lodi prevents PETA from entering Lodi, and feeds them to the lions, hopfully the lions won`t get sick.

  • posted at 4:52 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    If the request just could have come from any other organization.

  • posted at 2:45 am on Sat, Sep 12, 2009.


    I agree. Love the circus...but make sure that the animals are treated humanely. Read: "Water for Elephants"...a great novel. And don't go overboard and succumb to the nutcases on the fringes of what is realistic.



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