Lucy The Elephant passes on PETA funds for renovation

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 1:21 PM

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — Here's one offer the Jersey shore's giant elephant will forget.

The folks who care for the six-story wood and tin tourist attraction named Lucy have rejected an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to fund part of her restoration. PETA offered the funds in return for using Lucy in anti-circus messaging.

PETA wanted to decorate Lucy "in a way that would educate visitors about the grim lives facing elephants in circuses."

That would have included shackling one of her feet and affixing a teardrop below one eye.

But trustees CEO Richard Helfant says Lucy must always be a happy place for children to visit.

He says PETA offered $2,000 toward the $58,000 cost of renovations.