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Elephants aren’t Irish

clover.jpgOn Sunday the City of Holmes Beach, just west of Bradenton, held its annual “Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” The parade featured marching bands and drum lines from local high schools, and a D-Day survivor as grand marshal. Also marching was a 39-year-old Asian elephant named “Judy.” Ireland is known for many things, but not elephants.

Judy is one of dozens of elephants trapped in the entertainment industry in Florida. These elephants often suffer from constant travel, abusive training, and social isolation. Not only is it inappropriate to include wild animals in a parade, but a 7,000 pound animal marching next to thousands of screaming parade-goers is also a public safety risk.

Please contact Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and parade organizer Sean Murphy and politely ask them not to include elephants in future Saint Patrick’s Day festivities in the city.

Mayor Bohnenberger
Phone: (941) 708-5800
E-mail: mayor@holmesbeachfl.org

Sean Murphy
Phone: (941) 778-6444
E-mail: mail@beachbistro.com

*Sean Murphy is owner of the well-known Beach Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach. On the menu is an appropriately-named appetizer, “Death by Foie Gras.” When you contact Mr. Murphy you may want to urge him to reconsider serving foie gras, a product made from the diseased liver of force-fed ducks and geese (to learn more about the cruelty of foie gras production, click here).

One Response to “Elephants aren’t Irish”

  1. on 11 Mar 2009 at 12:45 pm Lisa Williams

    Hello -
    I live in Holmes Beach and they have just announced that Judy will be marching in the parade once again! I am trying to find out more about her, where she lives and who this handler is. I do not want poor Judy to be trudging down our hot asphalt streets again.

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