Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – PETA, the Aggies and the Elephant

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – PETA, the Aggies and the Elephant

First of all I am still trying to picture an Aggie chapter of PETA, but they seem to make the news quite frequently.

Recently, prior to the Alabama/Texas A&M elephant whipping of a football game, PETA protested the 92 year old A&M tradition of Elephant Walk. Elephant Walk is a tradition where graduating seniors walk a path like elephants that are going to their dying grounds symbolizing that they, the students, will soon be leaving campus as a student. Look, I do not make up this stuff so, no comments from The Peanut Gallery.  It seems PETA protested the appearance of a live elephant at the traditional Elephant Walk.  The few times I recall seeing it (graduate students do not participate) I never remember seeing an elephant.  Rather, it was a long line of young people, having a good time, walking through campus with a forearm swinging in front of their face resembling the trunk of an elephant. I wonder if PETA has seen the elephant on the local Furniture Shack commercial. Now that’s scary and I do not only refer to the elephant in the commercial.

And then there are the chickens. Shortly after I moved to the cultural capital of the Brazos Valley, an 18 wheeler carrying over 5000 chickens over turned near Highway 6 and Highway 21. If you have been to my house, you know that is two exits north going toward, or hopefully coming from, Hearne. PETA wants to place a 10 foot granite monument and memorial to the chickens that died in the crash. Check out the proposed monument with a single, but ethical, mouse click.

While you are digesting the monument, think about this. It really makes one wonder why and how the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) even has a rule on the books that says “TxDOT’s rules do not allow memorials for animals on highway rights of way.” Aren’t humans animals?

Looks like I brought The Weird with me from Austin. At least to Highway 6 and Highway 21. Perhaps the city of Bryan will build a Chick-Filet.

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