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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 30, 2011
Cars honked Tuesday night as a handful of people stood near City Hall protesting Glendale's circus elephant-themed float for the Tournament of Roses Parade. The protest, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal's Los Angeles chapter, comes after Glendale City Council members received emails from across the country from people concerned about the float, which features a circus elephant as part of a carriage. The council approved the float last week, but construction had already begun after the design was green-lighted by the Glendale Rose Float Assn.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 29, 2012
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Thursday sent a letter calling on Glendale to revoke a permit for the Ramos Bros. Circus, which is scheduled to run through Tuesday. The smaller-scale operation doesn't have the big animal draws, such as elephants, but PETA pointed to the brief escape last week of a camel from the circus across from Glendale Community College in calling for immediate action. “The potentially fatal escape of a camel should serve as the straw that breaks the back of the Ramos Bros.' welcome in Glendale,” Delcianna Winders, PETA's foundation director of captive animal law enforcement, said in a statement.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 9, 2011
“Wishing for my Natural Life” and “Step Away from Animal Abuse” - these were just some of the stronger animal rights-tinged suggestions submitted for renaming Glendale's controversial elephant-themed Tournament of Roses Parade float. After months of controversy that included protests by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals over Glendale's float design, which features an elephant pulling a carriage, the City Council agreed to solicit the public for names that might highlight a more benign interpretation.
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 7, 2011
The ongoing drama over Glendale's elephant-themed float for the Tournament of Roses Parade continued on Tuesday, with the builder of the design calling criticism from animal rights activists unfair. Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organized a handful of protesters who waved signs in front of City Hall that said “Sink the Circus Float.” The protest came a few weeks after a resident likened the float to a symbol of animal cruelty. But on Tuesday, Chris Lofthouse - president of Phoenix Decorating Company, the Pasadena firm that has built Glendale's Tournament of Roses float for nearly two decades - said the critiques were based on an unfair interpretation of the design.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 7, 2009
BURBANK ? A flock of animal-rights activists dressed as chickens descended Tuesday on NBC Studios to shame Jay Leno into dropping McDonald?s from a planned promotion. Flapping their wings and hoisting signs that read ?McDonald?s: Nothing But Cruelty,? and ?McCruelty: I?m Hatin? It,? protesters with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lined a stretch of Bob Hope Drive as ?The Jay Leno Show? prepared to unveil a promotion for McDonald?s Monopoly contest. Guests waiting in line for the prime-time taping gasped as PETA organizers implored the show?
FEATURES
June 24, 2009
I know Glendale has flies, but in the condominium complex where I live, we do have such a problem. This brings me to the reason for this letter. I just had to write. There?s another crazy organization out there besides the American Civil Liberties Union. The group?s name is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. The media, of course, played up a non-incident that happened when President Obama was being interviewed recently. He swatted and killed an annoying fly. Guess what?
NEWS
June 22, 2009
Group takes animal rights way too far I know Glendale has flies, but in the condominium complex where I live, we do have such a problem. This brings me to the reason for this letter. I just had to write. There?s another crazy organization out there besides the American Civil Liberties Union. The group?s name is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. The media, of course, played up a non-incident that happened when President Obama was being interviewed recently.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
I've been following the Glendale float fracas because in a former life I designed/built/sculpted 45 Rose Parade floats. All float designs seem to represent middle tastes of wholesomeness by Tournament of Roses decree and tradition, and by committee-think of the city sponsors. This is written in stone. The changing times can shift the measure of wholesomeness a bit, and this becomes a squirrelly zone - in this case, an elephant-sized squirrel. We find one person's wholesomeness is another's horror, be it religion, dress code or float design.
NEWS
November 16, 2011
For many years, the Glendale Rose Float Assn. has been working hard to make sure a float representing our city is part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. This association was founded by interested citizens of Glendale to raise money to assist in paying for it. The city was always agreeable to this, including letting the association select and name the float, select the riders who usually paid for their seats (some were donated or given to various mayors of Glendale, heroes and so on)
NEWS
September 7, 2011
As some of you may know, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) gathered last week near City Hall to protest the design of our beloved and sacred Rose Parade float. It seems the group, which has long advocated for the rights of animals, is against our depiction of a circus elephant towing a carriage. Evidently, circuses are mean to animals. Who knew? I always thought they were just places where creepy people hid out from society wearing clown costumes. In all seriousness, I can certainly see how the design could come off as a bit insensitive.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 29, 2012
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Thursday sent a letter calling on Glendale to revoke a permit for the Ramos Bros. Circus, which is scheduled to run through Tuesday. The smaller-scale operation doesn't have the big animal draws, such as elephants, but PETA pointed to the brief escape last week of a camel from the circus across from Glendale Community College in calling for immediate action. “The potentially fatal escape of a camel should serve as the straw that breaks the back of the Ramos Bros.' welcome in Glendale,” Delcianna Winders, PETA's foundation director of captive animal law enforcement, said in a statement.
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NEWS
November 16, 2011
For many years, the Glendale Rose Float Assn. has been working hard to make sure a float representing our city is part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. This association was founded by interested citizens of Glendale to raise money to assist in paying for it. The city was always agreeable to this, including letting the association select and name the float, select the riders who usually paid for their seats (some were donated or given to various mayors of Glendale, heroes and so on)
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 9, 2011
“Wishing for my Natural Life” and “Step Away from Animal Abuse” - these were just some of the stronger animal rights-tinged suggestions submitted for renaming Glendale's controversial elephant-themed Tournament of Roses Parade float. After months of controversy that included protests by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals over Glendale's float design, which features an elephant pulling a carriage, the City Council agreed to solicit the public for names that might highlight a more benign interpretation.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
I've been following the Glendale float fracas because in a former life I designed/built/sculpted 45 Rose Parade floats. All float designs seem to represent middle tastes of wholesomeness by Tournament of Roses decree and tradition, and by committee-think of the city sponsors. This is written in stone. The changing times can shift the measure of wholesomeness a bit, and this becomes a squirrelly zone - in this case, an elephant-sized squirrel. We find one person's wholesomeness is another's horror, be it religion, dress code or float design.
NEWS
September 7, 2011
As some of you may know, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) gathered last week near City Hall to protest the design of our beloved and sacred Rose Parade float. It seems the group, which has long advocated for the rights of animals, is against our depiction of a circus elephant towing a carriage. Evidently, circuses are mean to animals. Who knew? I always thought they were just places where creepy people hid out from society wearing clown costumes. In all seriousness, I can certainly see how the design could come off as a bit insensitive.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 7, 2011
The ongoing drama over Glendale's elephant-themed float for the Tournament of Roses Parade continued on Tuesday, with the builder of the design calling criticism from animal rights activists unfair. Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organized a handful of protesters who waved signs in front of City Hall that said “Sink the Circus Float.” The protest came a few weeks after a resident likened the float to a symbol of animal cruelty. But on Tuesday, Chris Lofthouse - president of Phoenix Decorating Company, the Pasadena firm that has built Glendale's Tournament of Roses float for nearly two decades - said the critiques were based on an unfair interpretation of the design.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittnay.levine@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
City Council members on Tuesday sought options for modifying Glendale's circus elephant float for the Tournament of Roses Parade after animal activists staged a protest outside City Hall. A handful of people representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stood near City Hall before the council meeting Tuesday waving signs that said “Sink the Circus Float” and “Circuses Are No Fun For Animals.” The float features a circus elephant towing a carriage. Matt Bruce, an assistant campaigner for PETA, said he hoped the city could do “what they can to stop the float,” echoing concerns from animal activists who say the design glamorizes unfair treatment of elephants used for entertainment.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 30, 2011
Cars honked Tuesday night as a handful of people stood near City Hall protesting Glendale's circus elephant-themed float for the Tournament of Roses Parade. The protest, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal's Los Angeles chapter, comes after Glendale City Council members received emails from across the country from people concerned about the float, which features a circus elephant as part of a carriage. The council approved the float last week, but construction had already begun after the design was green-lighted by the Glendale Rose Float Assn.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 7, 2009
BURBANK ? A flock of animal-rights activists dressed as chickens descended Tuesday on NBC Studios to shame Jay Leno into dropping McDonald?s from a planned promotion. Flapping their wings and hoisting signs that read ?McDonald?s: Nothing But Cruelty,? and ?McCruelty: I?m Hatin? It,? protesters with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lined a stretch of Bob Hope Drive as ?The Jay Leno Show? prepared to unveil a promotion for McDonald?s Monopoly contest. Guests waiting in line for the prime-time taping gasped as PETA organizers implored the show?
FEATURES
June 24, 2009
I know Glendale has flies, but in the condominium complex where I live, we do have such a problem. This brings me to the reason for this letter. I just had to write. There?s another crazy organization out there besides the American Civil Liberties Union. The group?s name is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. The media, of course, played up a non-incident that happened when President Obama was being interviewed recently. He swatted and killed an annoying fly. Guess what?
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