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November 25, 2013

CITY DESK: Gobble, gobble, get a grip

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Niagara Gazette — First came the South Dakota ranchers who were upset with the decision to place rocker, vegetarian and animal rights activist Joan Jett on the state’s float. South Dakotans do so love their beef don’t you know. 

Then came word late last week that animal rights activists, led by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, plan to bring attention to the plight of whales living in captivity at SeaWorld by, you guessed it, protesting a float promoting SeaWorld. 

Not sure if it will be there this year or not, but I seem to recall a float of a giant turkey with flapping wings in previous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades.

Seems to make sense, under the circumstances.

But when you stop to consider all the feathered birds that will be sacrificed in the name of good eats on Thursday, one can’t help but wonder if the PETA folks may be tempted to lie down on the New York City pavement in an all-out effort to stop Tom the Turkey from floating down the line.  

I’m an animal person and certainly don’t like to see any of living thing mistreated or worse. 

I do, however, believe in a general standard of “time and place.” 

It’s Thanksgiving — one of the most relaxing holidays of the year. The parade and all of its oversized balloons and gaudy floats and second-rate acts usually accompanying them are all part of the experience.

Seriously, where else are you going to see the guys from “Duck Dynasty,” those freaky Cirque du Soleil people, the cast of “Sesame Street” and a giant Spongebob Squarepants balloon all in the same place in a span of about four hours? Entertainment thy name is Macy’s.  

Let’s save the whales and fight over the benefits and disadvantages of beef for another day. 

It’s a parade, people. A holiday too. 

Gobble, gobble, gobble ... get a grip. 

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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