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PETA Now Fighting for the Rights of Fictional Elephants

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that it will stop using elephants in its shows by 2018, but that’s not enough for PETA — they now want a Dumbo remake that will free the film’s fictional elephants, too. After Disney revealed plans to have Tim Burton remake the classic movie, PETA’s senior president wrote an open letter to Burton, urging him to change the ending so Dumbo and his mom “can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary.” (A little weird considering that these elephants do not actually exist and therefore will not be actually living anywhere at all.) “We’re hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry,” Lisa Lange stated in the letter on Wednesday. Lange clarified, however, that PETA does “love the original Dumbo because it tells the story of the heartbreaking abuse that elephants in circuses endure, and we hope you will keep this storyline in the new film.” So — she’s okay with the abuse of these (fictional) animals, but only for part of the movie but like definitely not at the end, because that apparently makes some kind of huge difference.

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[18] Benjamin Lee, Crappy ever after: post-Dumbo, which films need a dose of cold, hard realism?, The Guardian, Thursday 12 March 2015 17.49 GMT

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Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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