Got an idea for the Terra Ceia Village Improvement Association membership.
Send a thank you note to Dave Byer, manager of corporate affairs with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, for the free publicity.
Wrap it around a smoked mullet, too.
After the crazy flap over the traditional mullet toss at its annual Mullet Smoke-Off, the Terra Ceia fundraiser is bound to enjoy a boffo turnout next Saturday.
Smoke that, PETA!
Though a lifelong animal lover, I’m usually ambivalent about the animal rights organization.
The issue they raised years ago about wearing fur had a major influence on our society.
I get that.
But not this.
Pushing Terra Ceia to cancel its mullet toss because it’s insensitive? And sends the wrong message?
PETA needs to get over itself.
If that’s possible.
This is asinine.
What are we talking about here?
Three. Dead. Fish.
Get a grip!
So they get tossed into some sort of receptacle at $5 a throw and helps pay for, among other things, teacher’s school supplies.
It’s a kooky community custom.
A toilet on wheels.
Only Manatee County.
Evidently, Byer doesn’t appreciate the charm in some of our wacky ways.
“Tradition is never an excuse for cruelty,” the Los Angeles-based PETA official told The Herald. “Just because people don’t think of fish as cute and cuddly doesn’t mean we should treat them differently and disrespectfully.”
I must be missing something here.
These are dead fish.
That PETA supporters inundated association president Bob Zonies with so many emails he had to stop counting at 100 is scary.
Especially from those who had the unmitigated gall to call Terra Ceia folks dregs of the earth, inhumane and uncivilized.
Who in blue blazes do these PETA people think they are?
That includes the presumptuous St. Petersburg real estate agent who threatened to never sell a piece of property in Terra Ceia if it went ahead with the mullet toss.
I wondered what the village association membership would decide at their Thursday night meeting -- vote to hold the event, or cave under PETA pressure.
That 98-0 tally was their resounding answer.
Byer heard about it on the Left Coast and was disappointed.
“We will have to look at our options,” he said.
Enjoy your smoked mullet.
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