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SFGA Cockroach eating contest....

Six Flags Great America: It seems that PETA has been called in to rescue the cockroaches...

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 28, 2006 at 9:54 PM
Got a "weird news" email today & apparantly, PETA has been called in to rescue the hissing cockroaches that were slated to be eaten by patrons at SFGA for the Halloween Fright Fest. Seems that the park offered special passes to goto the head of the ride lines if patrons ate one roach plus the park advertised an 'open' contest to try & break the world record for eating hissing cockroaches. PETA claims is a "gratuitously cruel practice" & was "really a tired gag from Fear Factor." Can you believe these people. If someone wants to eat a cockroach, then they should be left alone.


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From Christy Shuman
Posted September 29, 2006 at 8:19 AM
Oh gross, Anyone brave enough to do that is more woman than I am. thats just nasty, just to get to the front of a line.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 29, 2006 at 8:56 AM
Good marketing ploy!

About PETA? Do they have any problem with Fear Factor Live at USF? If they want to be consistent, they should!

I think they should lay off personally!

From robert olson
Posted September 29, 2006 at 10:03 AM
I thought PETA stood for "People For The Ethical Treatment Of ANIMALS". They need to retake their high school courses so that they can be reminded that cockroaches are INSECTS. I think they started out with a good cause, but they've lowered themselves into the same category that believes that plantlife feels pain and should be untouched... I guess that we have to look forward to mostly naked PETA women at the park entrances wearing nothing but fake cockroach antennae, and holding signs that say "DON'T EAT ME"!...........................come to think of it, I might have to head on over there if that happens...

robert olson

From David Kirby
Posted September 29, 2006 at 1:14 PM
Sorry Robert, even though it may seem strange, but cockroaches are animals. In biology, they fall under the animal kingdom, so although I think PETA is going overboard, they do have a right to defend cockroaches.

From robert olson
Posted September 29, 2006 at 2:52 PM
Of course, I failed biology as you can tell! Anywho, if PETA doesn't look after the cockroaches, who will??!! I'm tempted to start a campaign to save the cockroach. I'm gonna try to get as many people as possible to capture cockroaches and send them to PETA...where they'll be well cared for!

I can envision their next campaign: save the fly (no more flytraps/swatters/raid/shoes/rolled newspaper, etc.).

I'll never forget the time we had a bat infestation in an apartment we used to live in. One of our neighbors talked about how beneficial bats are. I replied: "NOT IN MY @#*&%! APARTMENT, THEY'RE NOT!!".

Oh, and don't ask me where anything is, either...I also failed geography...

From Erik Yates
Posted September 29, 2006 at 3:59 PM
PETA doesnt protest FFL in Orlando, because there is no eating of animals...just really gross stuff. You also have to wonder about the health issues of this....True they arent cockroaches from your apartment, but they are cockroaches...big nasty cockroaches. I think I could eat one.....but then again, I dont live near SF so the world may never know.

From Erik Yates
Posted September 29, 2006 at 6:22 PM
People usually kill them first, I think. I do remember on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, a roach stew, so some do cook them.

From robert olson
Posted September 29, 2006 at 5:04 PM
If I remember correctly, 6 Flags has little to no liability concerning the health consequences because they are making everyone sign release forms ('eat at your own risk'). I can see hords of teenies 'practicing' at home with 'household cockroaches'... Yeah, it's pretty sick. Do people from other countries cook them first or eat them raw??....

From Mark Walker
Posted September 30, 2006 at 12:46 AM
Ha Ha Ha! This is the best Six Flags could do for a money making scheme?

From Bruce Lane
Posted October 1, 2006 at 10:27 PM
Sounds to me like PETA was having a serious 'hissy' fit. With help from the roaches.

Sorry... had to be said... ;-)

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 2, 2006 at 9:46 AM
Good one Robert! I luv the idea, let's all send those BIG freaking pesky roaches in a gift-wrapped box, sneak up to their door or window, release the roaches & see what they do then to save the roaches! Or better yet, the smaller ones CAN hide better....hmmm...it IS a thought...
:0 ;) lol. I cannot BELIEVE these types of people are now saying plants have feelings. No meat, no veggies, no dairy, how/what are we to eat? I bet THEY have no qualms about eating stuff they protest! It's getting WAY outta hand! First sharks & gators/crocs now roaches! What's next, flys as you say, spiders? That'll be the day....if I see a critter in MY house that warrants extermination, BELIEVE me, it WILL be exterminated!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted October 2, 2006 at 1:38 PM
LOL!


It made it into my school newspaper!

http://www.dailyillini.com/media/storage/paper736/news/2006/10/02/Opinions/Column.Peta.Needs.To.Pick.Battles-2319288.shtml?norewrite200610021612&sourcedomain=www.dailyillini.com

Sorry if I am not supposed to post that! I have never done it before!

By the way, the lines can get scary at this park, especially around Fright Fest!

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 3, 2006 at 10:22 AM
Apparantly, the Georgia SF is having the roach eating contest TOO! But it's only for the Goliath coaster, not all of the rides as advertised for the SFGAmerica park. ICK!

From Derek Potter
Posted October 3, 2006 at 1:54 PM
thats pretty gross, however we don't see peta around when things like this happen on fear factor. Guess they can pick and choose their fights based on the opponent.

From steve lee
Posted October 3, 2006 at 3:11 PM
Now is that one cockroach per ride?

Nah, nevermind. I'll just wait for Season Passholder today to ride Goliath some more.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 5, 2006 at 1:25 PM
Hmmm Steve, I don't knowwwwww....I'm sure they'll let you eat as many as you want, ha ha
wink wink. lol.

From rafael guzman
Posted October 5, 2006 at 10:49 PM
dont we eat cows,pigs,chickens everyday day??? so why is peta trying to protect roaches. things like this really piss me off. i cant believe that some idiot from peta wants to go and save some roaches. they should be worrying about way other things besides this!! just like those idiots that protected the enviroment in CA by buring some H2s. that makes sense. these people are the reason why other countries talk crap about us.think about it, they open up their newspaper and then you see, peta saves roaches.sounds silly.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 8, 2006 at 3:53 PM
I agree Rafael. There was an actual incident that occurred because those people made it to where alligators/crocs are now protected & killing them under ANY circumstance is illegal, well the incident was that a man was in the yard w/his young kids, man sees gator going after kids, shoots gator, gets in trouble (ie: aressted, fined rather substantially, his possessions are confiscated on top of that) for saving his kids. Stupid huh.

From Erik Yates
Posted October 8, 2006 at 5:28 PM
Its not that they are saying save the cockroaches. They are coming from the point that harming animals, no matter what they are, just for the point of a shameless publicity is wrong. You eat cows, pigs, and chickens. They have a purpose. Though PETA is in arms on how they are killed. That part I see as ridiculous.
And is that story about the gator and man and kids real or did you just make that up? There has never been an instance like that in Florida, as long as it can be proven that the gator was on the property. Of course they prefer you call a trapper, and if the gator is not imposing a threat,( i.e. you have time to go to your closet, load the gun come out, tell the kids to move, aim and shoot) then no court will hold that against you. And you also have to remember, PETA is about the ETHICAL treatment of animals, and eating cockroaches for a stunt doesnt seem too ethical in their eyes.

From robert olson
Posted October 10, 2006 at 3:58 PM
Erik, is there any 'ethical' way to kill an animal???? I mean, death is death. I had a gnat problem in my kitchen today. I took out the vacuum cleaner and sucked them all up (smart, huh?). They'll probably starve to death inside the vacuum. Is that harsh?! If I swat a fly with the flyswatter, is that 'unethical'??? I think PETA is biting off much more than it can 'chew'. I still say let's send them all the gnats, flies, lice, cock-a-roaches, termites, etc. we can find so that they're not treated 'unethically'... If PETA was so concerned with 'Ethics', they'd use tactics other than placing women - painted like animals mostly nude in cages - in public where children may see them. THAT to me is unethical.

robert olson

From Erik Yates
Posted October 10, 2006 at 6:00 PM
I rather like that about PETA...you confuse ethics with morality. And I never said I agree, its called playing the devils advocate Robert. This is how they see it. I think the whole idea is stupid.....The people in PETA have obviously never had to work on a farm or raise livestock.

From robert olson
Posted October 10, 2006 at 9:46 PM
Didn't mean to come across as attacking you, Eric. Hope it didn't sound like that (although re-reading my post, it sorta did). Sorry 'bout that. You are right: PETA lives in a bubble. I'm sure that nobody there has had to work on or around a farm. They've probably never had to hunt for their food, either. I DO still think that the way they present their arguments is unethical...and immoral. I also think that it actually radically reduces their credibility with many people, because they make themselves look more extreme and 'wacko' than they really are...if that's at all possible. What will we walk on when people like this decide that we're hurting grass by walking on it???

robert olson

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 16, 2006 at 12:13 AM
Ahh Erik it didn't happen in Florida, that's why you don't know about it. It happened in Southern part of Arkansas, where I'm from btw, it was in the news plus I have family that work for the Game & Fish sooo, yes it did happen. If I'm wrong, which I don't think I am, then I'll apologize for the mistake but my husband was with me when we learned about it as well sooo...it really doesn't matter to me if you believe me. That's a shorter version of what happened so, that's it.

From Erik Yates
Posted October 16, 2006 at 6:57 AM
Gators in Arkansas? I dont believe that one ioata.
Gators,unless they are being fed by humans, dont approach them. They shy away. If the people were attacked it was because they were starting to feed it or trying to play with it.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 16, 2006 at 4:59 PM
The gators were brought in to control the beaver population but now we have a gator population. They tend to be in the Southern areas. There are signs posted at some lakes like north of DeQueen or any area gators have been seen. The incident I mentioned happened in the Southeastern area. DeQueen is on the Southwestern side but still...
There's a gator farm in Hot Springs that we went to visit one day, they had a lot of info there that I didn't know. I still don't believe gators charge at ppl, like you say, & what is posted at the gator farm, gators tend to shy away unless they're protecting their eggs or are hungry. I still don't know why that guy just didn't grab his kids & run rather than going to get his gun leaving his kids outside, apparantly.

From Erik Yates
Posted October 16, 2006 at 5:38 PM
Gators do tend to shy away from people, unless they are being fed by humans. Then they want to be fed all the time by humans. They dont see humans as a threat, no threat means they can eat them. They will charge people and can travel pretty fast in short distances. The myth that you run zig zag lines is not true. Gators are also excellent jumpers and can jump twice their body length if they get their back legs on solid ground.

From Jen V
Posted April 5, 2007 at 4:11 PM
Wow, really? I've never heard of that, I went during Fright Frest too. Darn, I could have gotten in front of the lines, too.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted April 6, 2007 at 12:34 PM
Well there's always THIS October...can't wait! YUM: crunch crunch! lol.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 6, 2007 at 1:25 PM
The lines are scary during fright fest (no pun intended, well maybe)


Its a good idea in my opinion! They do worse things that PETA would die about in Fear Factor Live I would think. Thats also a good attraction!

From Aubrey Kuhn
Posted April 6, 2007 at 6:25 PM
omg! don't they know that people kill cockroaches in their house everyday??? I don't know many people who help them live. It's not like thatttt many people will actually eat them just to get farther in line. My science class in seventh grade has hissing cockroaches and they are HUGE! the size of a grown man's thumb! They are way to big to eat. Does peta not notice how many animals are eaten on fear factor?? Cockroaches aren't exactly a species to be saved in my opinion. They do nothing for us that I know. Cockroaches aren't spiders!

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