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Young Woman Held Captive for Years Decries Circus Abuses

Written by PETA | June 17, 2009 / CC
Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch made headlines around the world when she was finally able to escape her kidnapper after being held for eight years in a dungeon in Austria. “I suffered from claustrophobia and I thought I was going crazy in there,” Kampusch told Austria’s ORF television after her escape. “I was very distraught and very angry.”

Recognizing that her ordeal was chillingly similar to that of tigers, elephants, and other animals who are snatched from their native homes and loving families only to be caged or chained by circus trainers for the rest of their lives, Natascha has joined PETA Germany in calling for freedom for animals in circuses. She looks forward to the day when circuses will stop depriving wild animals of everything that is natural and important to them. Here’s what Natascha had to say:

It is now up to [German agriculture minister Ilse] Aigner to decide whether social, intelligent, and beautiful living beings should continue to be humiliated because ruthless or naïve people keep them chained in cages—depressed, broken and limited to an [extent] that prevents them from living a normal life according to their needs. Animals, too, would run away if they could, just like I took my chance to escape. Because a life in captivity is a life full of deprivation.

Thank you, Natascha, for speaking out in behalf of so many animals whose cries for help have yet to be heard by German lawmakers. Hopefully, Minister Aigner is listening.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Dave Bernazani says:

    I defy any circus owner or defender to deny the truth that this brave person so eloquently states. Circuses with animals are plainly wrong it is a simple fact.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Mike Scarbrough We’ve added you to our email list.

  • Tracy Westphal says:

    Natascha you have taken something terrible and given new light to those who need you now. Thank you for sharing your gift. You have probably given more light on the issues of inhumanity than has been given in years. We all need to listen to you.

  • Melissa says:

    This girl is wonderful! She is a true hero. After being a survivor of something so horrible she wants to help out innocent animals who are going through the same thing. It takes a truley special person espeically at such a young age to do something like this. God bless you Natascha and I very much hope that your message gets through and these animals no longer have to suffer.

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks Natascha!

  • roxanen says:

    She is so beautiful and so strong. She is what we all should be.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    This valiant and wonderful young woman has big time credibility. God bless her kind heart and stoic soul !

  • Kelley says:

    Natascha has survived such horrors. Her spirt and its capcity to understand the suffering of all creatures is a blessing.

  • Mike Scarbrough says:

    we all want to be free send me all the emails that you can i want to support peta

  • Joanna says:

    Bless this lady for her work. May her personal connnection with the issue persuade where others have failed. The animals held today in circuses all over the world are counting the seconds til they are free.

  • Canaduck says:

    Holy crap she is BRAVE. What a hero for animals!!