Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
PETA and two supporters
in Salt Lake City filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against two Utah
Transit Authority police officers alleging violations of free speech rights.
The complaint states
that the PETA members were handing out leaflets about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
to commuter train passengers in a public area when the officers ordered them to
leave or face charges for trespassing. While the activists reluctanctly left as
ordered, they are now pursuing legal action to protect their free speech rights
to educate potential circusgoers about the circus's long history of animal
Elephants used by
recently received the biggest penalty for animal welfare violations
in circus history—are
chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars for an average of more than 26
hours straight and are routinely beaten in order to force them to perform
confusing and unnatural tricks.
If the circus is
coming to your town, exercise your right to free speech! Just
be sure to contact city officials ahead of any leafleting or other outreach
event to determine whether you need a permit. Contact PETA's Action Team
to get help organizing local outreach.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.