PETA wants to put fake snakes on Mass. trains
BOSTON—An animal rights group wants to put snakes on Boston-area trains.
The Boston Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/H8pxwF) that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the MBTA for permission to put fake rubber snakes on the T for a week for a campaign against the exotic animal skin trade.
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said the T is good place to launch the campaign because of the story of Penelope the boa constrictor, which slithered away from its owner on a Red Line train last year and wasn't found for a month.
PETA wants to put the snakes around a subway car's straps and polls to raise awareness of the slaughtering of reptiles to make handbags, shoes and other items.
It's not clear if the MBTA will approve the request.
Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com