March 23, 2009. Santa Monica, CA. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) may have another target in their sights. Cage the Elephant, an American rock band, may earn the dubious distinction of being the latest addition to PETA’s hit list. And while tempers are flaring and protests are planned, fans on both side of the aisle are prepared for a long, viscous fight.
An alleged PETA representative said, “While we’re not sure if the band actually has an elephant in a cage, we have grave concerns about the message such a band name sends. We’re afraid fans will start caging elephants and bringing them to concerts. And that’s torture; animals don’t like hard rock or cages.” A member of the band’s fan club disagrees with PETA’s alleged claims and commented, “People need to chill out. I’ve never seen an elephant at any of their concerts. And besides, even if they wanted to, they can’t afford a truck big enough to carry around an elephant in a cage.”
The band is currently on tour in support of their debut album which will be released this summer. Their single, “Aint No Rest For the Wicked,” is gaining a lot of airplay, but the band’s new found success is what has some PETA sympathizers on their trail. “There is no way I’ll let some rock band from Kentucky throw elephants in cages and profit from it,” said Jenny Bry, a long-time animal activist. “First it was circuses, then movies like Babar and Dumbo, and now rock bands are exploiting elephants. This must stop. We’ll protest outside every one of their concerts if we have to.”
The reporters here at Thank God For the Internet Blog will keep an eye on this story and provide updates when news breaks.