Animal-rights group PETA has made the unusual and completely awesome offer of a giant, state-of-the art, high-tech animatronic elephant for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — if they agree to retire the circus’s current elephants from servitude.
How could an elephant robot ever replace the real thing? For those not aware of the impending robot invasion, let me turn your attention to a touring sensation called “Walking With Dinosaurs, the Live Experience”. By viewing the website or checking out this video, you’ll just how “real” robotic creatures can be. The same technology used in the show is what PETA aims to bring to Ringling Bros., should they take them up on the offer. PETA points out that substituting Ringling’s live elephants with animatronic ones would provide all the thrills that kids love while at the same time getting PETA off the organization’s back.
“The days of hauling elephants and other animals across the country in chains and cramped cages and forcing them to perform under threat of punishment are fading,” says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. “PETA’s offer gives Ringling the perfect opportunity to prove its tired claim that it cares by switching to animatronic elephants and retiring the old, ailing live elephants that it currently uses.”
I agree. Even better — retire all of the circus animals to a sanctuary somewhere and just use robotic dinosaurs. The circus would suddenly become that much cooler — plus, they could devour all of the frightening clowns.