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Today I read something that makes me incredulous. Not that this is particularly hard to do these days, in this age marked by a lack of critical thinking, but geez…

Six Flags (amusement park) is offering a “line jumping privilege” to whoever is absurd enough (gross enough, brave enough, dumb enough) to eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach. Seriously. Intensely gross to me and probably thousands (if not millions) of others. The kind of stuff “Fear Factor” (which should be called “Gross Factor,” in my opinion) is made of. Not earth-shattering by any stretch, but if you really hate standing in line at an amusement park, then maybe it’s for you.

But that’s not what made my jaw drop.

My chin hit the floor when I read that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, not “People Eating Tasty Animals”) is protesting this disgusting publicity stunt. They called it “gratuitously cruel.” HUH? Cruel to WHOM, pray tell? The cockroaches? The people around the knucklehead who’s eating the roach? Or the knuckleheads who are being tempted to eat the roach with line-jumping privileges?

Okay, I side with PETA about veal and choose not to eat it based on how it’s raised. But I do eat (and enjoy) meat and won’t be guilted into changing my diet. So I don’t disagree with them on all counts.  Here’s the kicker, though. The last time *I* checked, cockroaches were not animals. They are insects. Gromphadorhina portentosa are not animals, they are BUGS. And the group’s name is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, isn’t it? So these guys have nothing better to do than to be up in arms over *cockroaches*? It must be dull these days in the world of animal-advocacy if they’re taking up the cause of roaches. If it was a promotion of puppy-eating, okay. I’d not be criticizing. But it’s not–it is an insect-eating challenge. And the fool who eats the roach deserves the upset stomach and line-jumping privileges they earn.

I only hope the line-jumping includes the line to the bathroom when they head there to barf. 😛.

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