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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Stupid Santa Ana Stunt to Involve Elephant

Is this really necessary? I am really annoyed with the science center....why give legitimacy to this stupid stunt and this use of such intelligent animals?

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

A plan to wrap a giant soap bubble around an elephant has some animal rights advocates and zoo professionals crying foul.

The stunt is planned as part of the 12th annual Bubblefest at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, where bubbles are used to teach children about molecular structure.

A letter signed by 11 zoo professionals expressed concern that the Asian elephant, a critically endangered species, "will be used in a trivial and sensationalist manner."

It is not the first time controversy has swirled around one of Tai's performances. Last year, it raised a ruckus when her body was painted to blend into a background for an art exhibit.

See this post's photo to see what the "art exhibit" looked like. You can judge for yourself.

Photo by bradley j.

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