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Sick Flags

Written by PETA | October 8, 2008
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Six Flags

As a towheaded tyke in Dallas years ago (how many years ago I’m not saying), I loved nothing more than to visit Six Flags Over Texas. It seemed like an enchanted wonderland of whimsy and harmless thrills ….

Obviously, those days are long gone.

In a sure sign of desperation, Six Flags Inc.—whose stock has been performing so poorly that it’s in danger of losing its listing on the New York Stock Exchange—has decided that the way to drum up business is to have park visitors eat bugs. We can only be glad that these financial geniuses weren’t responsible for writing the recent bank bailout legislation, right?

Now, you may recall that Six Flags recently announced that it was going to end the horrible cockroach-eating stunts of the past couple of years during its Halloween-themed “Fright Fest.” So, to pretend it’s being true to its word, it’s announced that it still won’t use cockroaches this year—instead it’ll offer other kinds of bugs to eat, such as “superworms, larvae, caterpillars, cicadas, night crawlers, crickets, and grasshoppers.” Boy, that should make for some delightful childhood memories, huh?

When Six Flags originally announced the end of cockroach-eating, its public relations manager, Sue Carpenter, said, “We’re on to other Fright Fest events that do not include any living creatures!” So, what’s the dealie? Last we checked, crickets, caterpillars, and grasshoppers were living creatures—and not at all eager to be chewed up so some yahoo can have cuts in the rollercoaster line. Plus, it sends a dangerous message to kids that it’s okay to harm others to get ahead.

As soon as we got wind of Six Flags’ bait-and-switch nonsense, we wrote to its vice president of communications, Sandra Daniels, to express our outrage and offer another chance to do the right thing.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • lynda downie says:

    thedude “The squirrel you kill in jest dies in earnest” Henry David Thoreau The same can be said for the caterpillar cricket and grasshopper.

  • thedude says:

    Would you rather have nasty chemicals sprayed on your veggies to kill nasty pests that chew on the food or a more natural way of using insects that are predators to those pests? I really don’t think this insect thing is all that bad. Just something to gross the kids out and double dog dare them. P

  • Rawr says:

    Umm…if PETA is so compassionate about insects where are all the campaigns against nonorganic farming? Millions of insects are poisoned and killed intentionally every day just so people can have cheaper vegetables. Why is there no outrage over this?

  • lynda downie says:

    Maybe the inability of Six Flags to come up with anything more creative than harming insects for ‘fun’ explains their decline in business.

  • King of Fiji says:

    Heidi I haven’t been there in awhile but Cedar Point was awsome. Plus there was a retail store that had a hotel and its own gas station that was cool. As for the story I mean yeah I understand the logic that if one can’t treat bugs well than whats the point of treating animals well. But cockroaches? I’m pretty sure people aren’t going to treat cockroaches like pets or just bugs scurrying around the floor in their homes.

  • Mark says:

    Heidi Yes! As I’ve said here before Cedar Point is THE BEST! Be sure to ride the back row of Wicked Twister! Plus the Johnny Rockets right near the Raptor has vegan veggie burgers! Screw Six Flags long live Cedar Point!

  • Heidi says:

    After hearing that Six Flags had dropped the roacheating stunt my family got season passes to Six Flags New England this year. I am very disappointed they’ve substituted one cruelty for another and won’t be renewing for next year. Maybe we’ll make the long drive to Cedar Point in Ohio instead.

  • SASHA says:

    I can’t believe this! It’s gross.