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Mayor Gray Called Upon to Enforce
Cruelty-to-Animals Laws When Ringling Bros. Comes to Town
For Immediate Release:March 6, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Washington -- Armed with signs that read, "Don't Make Sick Animals Work" and
"Mayor Gray: Enforce All Animal Cruelty Laws," a group of PETA
members—including a costumed "elephant"—will gather outside City Hall
on Thursday in advance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus'
opening night at the Verizon Center later this month. As PETA has pointed out
in a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray, Ringling chains the elephants overnight so
that they cannot move even two steps and forces ones who suffer from painful
arthritis and lameness—including Karen and Nicole, part of the Ringling unit
headed to town—to perform, both violations of district law. Citing budgetary
constraints, the Department of Health has refused to conduct evening
inspections and has refused to hand over evidence to the Washington Humane
Society, the congressionally empowered animal law enforcement agency in the
district—meaning that these laws have gone unenforced.
When: Thursday, March 7, 12 noon sharp
Where: City Hall, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (near the intersection with 14th Street)
"For years, district officials have shamefully turned a blind eye to cruel
practices, including chaining elephants overnight in such a way that they
cannot take two steps, forcing them to urinate and defecate in the same space
where they must lie down, and making lame elephants perform painful
tricks," says PETA Foundation Director of
Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "PETA is
calling on Mayor Gray to act to ensure that the circus isn't allowed to flout
the law again this year."
Alec Baldwin's video exposé reveals other
ways that Ringling abuses elephants, including beating them with sharp metal bullhooks
to keep them in constant fear of punishment.
For more information, please visit
PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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