Elephants are amongst the world’s most intelligent species…Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, art, play, a sense of humor, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation,[3] self-awareness, memory and possibly language.[4] All point to a highly intelligent species that are thought to be equal with cetaceans[5][6][7][8] and primates.[9][10][11] Due to the high intelligence and strong family ties of elephants, some researchers argue it is morally wrong for humans to cull them.[12]


I don’t like PETA.  No, correct that. What I don’t like is PETA’s  tactics and messaging.  Their publicity stunts (many extreme in concept & execution) have caused the group to become a laughing stock to most people. Sadly, their cooked up stunts drown out the very real topic of cruelty to animals.

This morning I happened on this series of photos about Ringling Bros. using electro shock to train the elephants used in their shows. The more I investigated the angrier I got. It is hard not to knowing about the intelligence of these great animals.

PETA is right on what is happening as it relates to the treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros. Circus.

A recent article from Live Science discusses elephant traits, their intelligence and their innate abilities to cooperate with humans and each other.

Elephants are widely regarded as possessing advanced brains, displaying levels of intelligence seen only in humans, dolphins, chimpanzees and others capable of higher forms of thinking. For instance, elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, learning that such reflections are images of themselves and not others, behavior apparently unique to species that show complex empathy and sociality.

Watching these two videos should be enough for you to take pause and to take action.

Next time the circus comes to town, you might want to skip it until Ringling Bros. cleans up its act.



I love animals and most creatures except yellowjackets and insects that destroy my tomato plants.

I don’t like PETA.  I understand their desire for the humane treatment of animals.  It is laudable, but their approach is so negative, so misguided and over the top that their message gets lost in the turmoil they create.  In their desire to be noticed at all costs, they have turned off millions of people who support humane treatment of animal life but don’t want to be associated with PETA.

PETA INSANITYCandidly, why would any sane person want to be associated with a group that feels the best way to get people to loose weight is to ridecule them and call them names?

PETA is also incredibly insensitive to other peoples feelings and sensibilities.  They regularly trample on them (and good taste) with such insufferable, sanctimonious arrogance … one wants to scream, “Have you all lost your minds?”  Just say the group’s name and see how many people roll their eyes and hiss as they repeat it.


Their brand of extremist activism hurts other groups with legitimate righteous issues … say like green activists trying to reduce the  UNNECESSARY consumption of plastic.

Their latest fight against McDonalds is just another example of extremist behavior designed to catch media attention.  Some people believe that any media attention is better than no media attenion.  You know … just spell my name right!  It wasn’t that long ago when Britney Spears was shaving her head to get media attention.  How’d that work?

The worst part is the pay back.   The picture below says it all … PETA SUCKS … spelled out in rabbits.


The following comments were found over at Femisex

PETA, you have finally done it. You have made me change my mind about something. Congratulations. However, it won’t be to your liking. I’m going out right now get some Kobe Steak for dinner wearing my endangered species ocelot fur coat and if any one of your mink-releasing vegan followers dares to as much as sneer in my direction I’m making a hat out of their bony ass.
I know it’s already been said, but this is disgusting. In so many ways.
Makes the t-shirt I saw recently even more funny and appropriate…”People Eating Tasty Animals”
The whole thing just makes my ample body sigh. Clearly, PETA believes any attention – bad or good – helps their cause. They oflten fail to consider the negative outcome of such efforts. Campaigns like this one – and this one is a DOOZY – actually serve the omnivore argument better than any other.
As someone who never cooks meat at home and strives to be a vegetarian (mainly for ethical reasons), I have to go with Dabitch on this one. The whole silly mess makes me want a cheeseburger.
After all of the nonsense about about that vile Cintra Wilson article, as I put it on my blog, I am beginning to suffer “outrage fatigue.” And as a luxuriously plus-sized omnivore, I intend to eat a sandwich made out of the nearest endangered species I can find.

If I thought for one second that my kid chose to go vegetarian out of some sort of weird fear of being fat, I’d be shoving prime rib down her gullet faster than you could say “all things in moderation.”

Need I say more?  Actually there is one more thing.

Calling fish sea kittens won’t stop people from consuming this valuable protein any more than it will stop people from consuming beef by calling cattle land dolphins!