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PETA protests Glendale Rose Parade float's elephant design

September 1, 2011 |  8:49 am

PETA protests Glendale's elephant-themed Rose Parade float
A handful of animal activists protested this week outside Glendale City Hall over the design of the city's circus elephant float for the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade.

The activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals waved signs before a City Council meeting Tuesday that said, “Sink the Circus Float” and “Circuses Are No Fun For Animals.” The float features a circus elephant towing a carriage, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Matt Bruce, an assistant campaigner for PETA, said he hoped the city could do “what they can to stop the float,” echoing concerns from animal activists who say the design glamorizes unfair treatment of elephants used for entertainment.

But with construction on the float in Pasadena nearly completed, City Council members on Tuesday said there was likely little they could do to change the design that was green-lighted by the Glendale Rose Float Assn.

“Isn’t there some way we can change the theme? Come up with something better?” Councilman Frank Quintero said.

Mayor Laura Friedman suggested the float builder change things around to display the elephant in a wildlife setting. Councilman Rafi Manoukian said a sign could be placed on the float noting the city doesn’t support the use of circus elephants.

Design has historically been selected by the Rose Float Assn., but some officials asked that that responsibility be transferred to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department last week. In addition to the design controversy, the float also encountered fund-raising issues and was saved largely by major donations from business owners.


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Photo: Elsa Chacon of Glendale holds a sign at a protest organized by PETA at Glendale Avenue and Broadway in Glendale on Tuesday. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News