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Pamela Anderson Urges Chile to Ban Circuses That Use Animals

Written by PETA | January 4, 2010
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Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson’s got to have more frequent flyer miles than George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air. And wherever she goes, she makes sure the people and the media talk about her efforts to help animals. The latest destination of PETA’s jet-setting BFF? Chile.

Chile recently ratified a national animal welfare law, which is good, but it could go further. And in July, Chile’s neighboring country, Bolivia, took a strong stand against cruelty to animals by passing a law forbidding the use of animals in circuses. Now Pamela has asked the president of Chile to do the same.

Abuse of animals in circuses is standard practice, and it begins before babies are old enough to leave their mother’s sides. PETA recently released images of employees of Ringling, one of the largest circus outfits in the world, as they use ropes, bullhooks, electric shock prods, maternal deprivation, and corporal punishment to force baby elephants into doing tricks that are never seen in the wild and are confusing for them.

We’ll keep you updated on Pam’s efforts to fight animal abuse worldwide—in the meantime, help save baby elephants by asking the USDA to revoke Ringling’s license and pursue criminal prosecution of Ringling trainers right here at home.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • iamnobody says:

    You’re such an angel, Pamela. keep it up.we love you & PETA

  • Kate says:

    Thank you Pamela!! You do so much good unlike other celebs. Ireland loves you!!!

  • Linda W. says:

    Pam brings a fresh new attitude to PETA and shows a genuine heartfelt passion for animals. Linda

  • Carlos says:

    PAMELA THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORK THAT SURELY MAKES A BETTER WORLD. HOPE YOU CAN STOP BY IN MEXIKO CITY AND TALK TO OUR USELESS POLITICIANS ABOUT CRUELTY BEHIND BULL FIGHTING AND SOME OTHER ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES.

  • emma says:

    Thankyou linda but like i told ringling if i was to go i would have to pay to get in and i wont be held responsible of supporting what they do by giving them my money. I feel so upset for those elephants and i’d like to thank everybody who sent them an email too it shows them that we are here watching them and we are not going away. I have never heard of such loving and compasionate people like you guys who take time out to contact ringling to tell them how you feel Thankyou so much and im sure if the elephants could talk they would say the same. peta your great keep up the good work.

  • Linda says:

    FIRSTLY Emma anytime sweetie you need to go to see the elephants Il be more than willing to go with you . This is for the team specially Mr. G . Jacobson as Im a Lady I don’t cannot speak your kind of language oh I speak perfect English Sir Im not talking that type of Language Im talking about LYING under oath your BARBARIC TORTURE to these little elephants ! you said the HOT SHOTS are used for self defense protection …. SIR … DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE OUR INTELLIGENCE Im talking about the PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF who are speaking for these animals you are SIR a LIE I ask nicely !! to you the RINGLING BROS CIRCUS …..STOP NOW … CIRCUSES are for laughing NOT CRYING …… AND if I was you I would worry about your NAME REPUTATION don’t you think ! SIR we will ” NEVER EVER ” GIVE UP ON THESE ANIMALS so IF I WERE YOU I WOULD START EITHER CHANGING your jobs or stop using animals go back to when circuses started by the way it was ROME 18th century ! thought id remind you …. they were used for acrobats clowns dressed up in colored costumes to make people laugh admire ..THAT’S WHAT A CIRCUS IS .. NOW LEAVE THE ELEPHANTS ALONE IN THERE OWN COUNTRY OF BIRTH WHICH IS NOT A ZOO OR A CIRCUS … You see you guy’s have TOUCHED A NERVE with me Il tell you now IL be on your back until you STOP …….. Im a therapist SIR. You know something not only do humans feel pain but ANIMALS do also when they CRY funny IT’S JUST LIKE A CHILD CRYING …… THINK VERY HARD SIR ON WHAT IVE SAID … next time you put that hot shot in your hand THINK IF I WERE IN THAT LITTLE ELEPHANTS SHOES !!!!!!!!!

  • Peggy Lovick says:

    YOU BET I WILL! THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! ANIMALS WITH ANY RINGLING CONTACE ARE BELIEVED TO BE JUST THERE FOR A PAYCHECK NO MATTER WHAT THE TREATMENT THEY RECIEVE! IT IS ABSURD THE WAY RINGLING GETS AWAY WITH WHAT THEY ARE DOING! WE WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE CALL AND PETITION UNTILS CIRCUSES STOP THIS HORRIBLE TREATMENT!

  • Linda says:

    Pamela Anderson your the BEST! You do so much for the animals and they will always need your help. We love you for this and you are blessed with beauty and that helps draw attention to you and Peta! Keep up the good work You are 1

  • fostier says:

    bravo   vous PAMELA !! si tout le monde faisait comme vous il n’y aurait pas autant de souffrance animale je suis choque outre scandalise par les vidos que je viens de regarder sur les bbs lphants et adultes que l’on maltraite tout   pour le plaisir de certaines personnes qui emmnent leurs enfants au cirque jamais je ne mettrai les pieds dans ces lieux de torture pour les animaux   me dgoute comment les humains peuvent ils traiter les animaux comme   il n’y a pas de mot pour qualifier   c’est honteux lamentable je suis vgtarienne depuis longtemps car j’aime trop les animaux pour les manger je suis contre la fourrue la corrida le gavage des oies la vente d’ivoire j’en passe car je trouve que se faire de l’argent en maltraitant les animaux c’est inaceptable j’ai plus de compassion pour les animaux que pour les humains honte   tous ceux qui maltraitent les animaux je ne serais pas fire   votre place si on vous faisait pareil comment ragiriez vous bandes de barbares

  • Sunday Ankrom says:

    THANK YOU Pamela!!!

  • emma says:

    I emailed ringling a few times with no reply and when these latest pics appeared i once again emailed them and asked why they wouldnt email me back i told them silence speaks volumes and pictures tell a thousand words and surprise… they emailed me back they told me once again peta was using out of date old photos and they care for their animals they invited me to see the open house where the elephants can be seen happy… i wrote back and of course declined the offer i told them they beat the animals behind closed doors so the open house wouldnt be proof they are being cared for I told them the undercover footage was taken THIS YEAR and in the photos of the baby elephant abuse the guys look exactly the same as they do today so how can they be old photos they wrote a quote from the washington post that how can a dead guy testify..how can a dead guy answer follow up questions which i replied yes thats true and i bet your glad that once again your off the hook. It was the animal care team that emailed me.. to which i added on the end of the email… how could you call yourselves the animal care team…if only you did care for your animals. im now waiting on a reply..if there is any. ringling will go to extreme lengths to cover up the abuse and make out everybody is lying and they always tell the truth i dont understand why they can get away with this time after time i made my feelings clear to them and told them the only greatest thing that will be about the show is the day it gets closed down. after reading the pathetic excuses they put in the email im even more so convinced they are guilty. i didnt think emailing them would do anything but if you put your disgust and feelings about what they do to the babies and their poor mothers it must hit a nerve because they emailed me back within a matter of hours. if everyone told them exactly how they feel about that horrid circus maybe the peer pressure may help in some way..and maybe im just dreaming it would but it couldnt do any harm. i urge people to get there typing fingers on and bombard ringling with emails and phone calls..just to let them know that we are here and we will not go away untill those poor animals are free from harm.

  • Lesley Nelson says:

    PamelaThank u so much for helping these poor neglectedabusedand cruelty to animals.You r a hero.

  • carol budro says:

    Please use your notoriety to bring attention to scam rescue sites. Millions of dogs are put to death in shelters while these scam rescue groups place so many barriers to adoption while readily accepting donations. Adopters are turned away and purchase from breeders while a dog they would have taken is killed.

  • Marcella says:

    As a Chilena I believe in my country and their commitment to animal welfare.

  • carolyn says:

    PAM I RESPECT YOUR TIRELESS EFFORTS AND SUPPORT OF PETA AND THE ANIMALS WHO NEED COMPASSION TO LIVE A LIFE FREE FROM PAIN.

  • Timothy says:

    The United States needs to follow Bolivia’s lead and ban animals from being used in circuses such as Ringling Bros. Hopefully Pamela Anderson can make a difference. The elephants are counting on us all.

  • vegancoin says:

    circus cruelty is so unreal it is sickening. hard to believe what “civilized’ society can’t figure out such shameful and unnecessary brutality. good work from Ms. Anderson there the world needs more people like her.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Ms. Anderson was blessed with good looks and she wonderfully uses them to benevolently campaign on behalf of all creatures great and small.

  • DAVID says:

    i have a deep respect for animals. i dont think any circus should be allowed to use any animals. those poor elephants are beaten to get them to learn the tasks at hand. they dont have a set home and they often live in a small cage with no room to run and enjoy any sort of freedom. if lions and tigers were good in captivity and enjoyed being around people they would be common like a dog or a cat. i have a deep hatred for any circus that incorporates these animals in their performance. if little children want to see the animals take them to the zoo where the animals are taken care of

  • Aneliese says:

    She’s awesome! I hope Chile will listen and ban animal circuses.

  • Shari says:

    Hurray for Pam! With Pam’s beauty and brains she will always get everyones attention.

  • george says:

    pam is amazing she is an inspiration for the whole world she stands out from other celebritys who just sit down on their aes wacthing the world remain in a poor harsh state pamella and peta have all my support well done pam!

  • John Carmody says:

    No words to say how much i adore what i would call this ‘lady’. Pam Ireland will always love you your a shining example of what a celebrity can do for a cause.

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