Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is everything to me. I’ve watched it every single year, forever. To me, it represents tradition and finding joy in the simple things in life. Not to mention, there’s candy.
So when I found out that PETA was protesting the inclusion of the Sea World float because they don’t like how the orcas are treated…I literally felt ill. Even as an advocate for animals, a member of the ASPCA, National Wildlife Federation, Humane Society, etc…I just don’t agree with the timing and forum of this protest.
Ok, we get it. A film was released that shows some unsavory things. No one agrees with animals being treated poorly, but at the same time, look around. That theory can be applied to anything. And by the way, the last time I checked, humans mistreat one another all the time, too. Better take all the humans out of the parade while you’re at it.
Is it POSSIBLE for people to just let things be for once? Everyone has to have a problem with something. It’s a parade…with a float. So I guess I should protest the Sesame Street float because Oscar the Grouch is a bully and I’m against bullying? Or should I ban Santa Claus from my life because he is overweight and his presence is encouraging obesity?
While I can respect PETA’s point in this particular case in wanting to have their voice heard, I also, again, can’t help but question their timing and forum. So here’s an idea, instead of ruining the parade for a gazillion little kids (and me), how about considering that the orcas should probably be far less of an issue considering it’s Thanksgiving and there are humans who are too poor to even enjoy a good meal…while the rest of us (including the orcas at Sea World) eat like heathens and more than likely don’t ever have to worry about where our next meal is coming from.
Just a thought.