Lucy The Elephant passes on PETA funds for renovation

Here's one offer that Lucy, the Jersey shore's giant elephant, will forget.

Lucy The Elephant passes on PETA funds for

Lucy The Elephant passes on PETA funds for renovation (File Photo)

Here's one offer that Lucy, the Jersey shore's giant elephant, will forget.

The folks who care for the six-story wood and tin tourist attraction just outside Atlantic City have rejected an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to fund part of Lucy's restoration in return for using the attraction for 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.

Richard Helfant, head of the attraction's board, 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.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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