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October 12, 2003
PETA: People Empty of Tact and Aptitude

I'm surprised it took PETA this long to take a life-threatening tragedy and crassly use it for their own purposes.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals held a rally Saturday outside the Mirage hotel-casino to urge entertainers Siegfried & Roy to retire their felines after Roy Horn was nearly killed by a tiger during a performance.

Carrying signs reading, "The Strip Is No Place for Tigers" and "Big Cats Big Danger," about two dozen demonstrators gathered near the entrance to the resort's large Siegfried & Roy marquee.

It's understood that PETA opposes animals in entertainment, or in almost any other contact with humans, so it's not surprising that they want Siegfried & Roy to eliminate the tigers from their act. In fact, I believe they've protested the act several times previously. But since it's pretty clear that the act will be off the stage for a long period of time (if not permanently), this stinks of opportunism ... just another way to get themselves some cheap headlines.

The group also held placards displaying well-wishing messages for Horn, who remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday.

Oh, yeah, I'm sure he feels the love.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 12, 2003 9:12 AM

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