PETA Wants Fake Animals Removed From WHAT?!

( – In what may be the most absurd news of the week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants a company that creates spectacular carousels, like the ones you rode as a child at the county fair, to no longer use animals in the design of their products. This push is aimed at Chance Rides, a Wichita, Kansas-based leader in amusement ride production.

PETA’s plea was made in a letter to Aaron Landrum, the president of Chance Rides, urging an end to “animal-themed carousels that normalize the use of animals as conveyances and amusements.”

“PETA urges Chance Rides and all other carousel manufacturers to hit the brakes on old-fashioned animal-themed rides and embrace designs that engage children’s imagination and showcase human talent,” said Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president.

The letter states “Times change, and our understanding of animals has greatly evolved over the past few decades. Animal-themed carousels unintentionally celebrate the exploitation of sentient beings.” PETA’s stance is that entertainment often comes at the expense of animals, leading to their confinement, mistreatment, and sometimes death once they are no longer useful.

Highlighting the severity of the issue, PETA referenced findings from a PETA Asia investigation into the mistreatment of camels in Egypt, emphasizing the broader implications of using animals for amusement. “Animals used for rides and other forms of entertainment- including camels, horses, elephants, and dolphins-are confined and in servitude, never free to pursue their own lives and interests,” the letter stated, adding, “They’re also sometimes beaten, tormented, and even slaughtered when their bodies wear out.”

The letter concluded with a call for Chance Rides to reconsider their carousel designs, “Animal-themed carousel sets reinforce the notion that these sentient beings are simply here for our entertainment, rather than individuals with the same capacity to experience fear, pain, joy, and love as any of us.”