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Circus Rejects ‘Shining Review’

Written by PETA | October 14, 2011

Blogger Tonya Kay jumped through hoops to try to tell Cole Bros. Circus’ “side of the story” in a two-part series posted on, but without much luck. 

A journalist working with Kay was offered three invitations to visit the circus, observe the animals, and speak with circus management—all three of which were later rescinded by the circus, which was apparently unconvinced by his claim that he planned to write a “shining review.” Apparently, the circus is unwilling to speak to any journalist who might be secretly harboring plans to write anything resembling an unbiased report, as opposed to a glowing fluff piece.

It’s little wonder that Cole Bros. Circus didn’t want to expose the less than “shining” aspects of its operation: that elephants are beaten with bullhooks and tigers are jammed into transport cages, where they spend most of their lives.

In the end, Kay concluded, “I can’t write a positive story on the Cole Bros. Circus because there’s nothing positive to report.”

You can read Tonya Kay’s complete story here. And to help get the word out to others about Cole Bros.’ dirty secrets, contact PETA’s Action Team for help organizing a protest.


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Jean says:

    I really cannot think of anywhere more evil for these wild animals than a circus. It is cruelty personified, with the beatings that they get from the ‘trainers’, the chaining of the elephants forced to stand constantly on concrete/hard surfaces, loading & unloading when traveling, the whippings, the small cages, oh I could go on for ever. The poor unfortunate animals are in a constant state of boredom & despair/depression, it is really a hell hole for them all in circus business. It is an abomination and should be banned as soon as is humanly possible.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    During the last week that soap opera All My Children was on the air, one character, Ryan Lavery, played by Cameron Mathison presented his on screen wife, Greenlee played by Rebecca Budig, tickets to the circus! I was very appalled to see that happen. I am glad All My Children will not be on ABC anymore and hopefully, more animal friendly minds will prevail when the soap moves to The On Line Network from Prospect Park in January.