February 22, 2011

Daily Show Tortures Camel for "Humor"

Jon Stewart's show decided that what the pro-union protesters in Madison, Wisconsin really needed was a camel (see, so that they could claim their protest was just like that of the Egyptians in Cairo).

The stress of forcing a desert creature to deal with Wisconsin's arctic weather was apparently worth it to Stewart (warning: language, animal cruelty).

Does it look funny to you? I find it about as funny as Wisconsin student test scores.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 22, 2011 11:27 AM

Deserts get really, really cold. (Old description of Death Valley was that a glass of water would boil at noon and freeze solid by midnight.) For several years there were camels in Nevada.

The ice would probably be new for a rental animal, though, and if it's not use to cars and people it would be a stresser.

Sharp edges would be the main problem.

Posted by: Foxfier at February 22, 2011 12:32 PM

I think you are over-reacting here. Camel is not being tortured. He got caught up in a totally inadequate pen and his handlers were trying to set things right.

I spent many winters in New York. THAT was torture.

A few years ago, I had to rely in dialup internet for a year. THAT was torture.

Posted by: Professor Hale at February 22, 2011 02:50 PM

This video makes me wonder, "What does camel taste like?"

Posted by: Kevin at February 22, 2011 04:26 PM

Torture or not; it is wrong.
No compassion here. Not entertaining.

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at February 22, 2011 04:30 PM

That Dept. of Ed. report comes at a really bad time for the Wisc. Teachers' Union. Talk about an "inconvenient truth".

Posted by: MikeM_inMd at February 22, 2011 06:19 PM