Six Flags Calls Off Cockroach-Eating Contest

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Six Flags had been planning to include a live Madagascar Hissing Cockroach–eating challenge as part of their Halloween “Fright Fest” festivities.

So we wrote and explained that encouraging teenagers (or anyone!) to hurt and kill even the smallest life form “just for fun” can desensitize them to suffering in general. Besides, all insects, like them or not, play a role in our ecosystem. And there’s also the small matter of health risks like allergic reactions, nausea, and gastrointestinal distress—humans, you may realize, are not meant to eat giant hissing cockroaches.

Six Flags agreed! Six Flags public relations manager Sue Carpenter said, “We’re on to other Fright Fest events that do not include any living creatures!”

Roller coasters, Halloween, and no harm to animals? Sounds great to me!

We’re so glad that Six Flags has decided to pursue only animal-friendly events that we’re sending a small token of our appreciation to Ms. Carpenter—a box of vegan chocolate roaches—completely cruelty-free, maybe a little bit scary, and 100 percent delicious.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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