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Secret Life Star Asks Home Province to Support Elephant-Friendly Legislation
For Immediate Release:September 21, 2012
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Toronto -- Ontario native Megan Park chooses to
perform in ABC Family's hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager,
but elephants who are used in circuses aren't given a choice: They are beaten
into submission. That's why on Thursday, Park—who is in Toronto filming The
F Word, also starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan—took time out of her
busy schedule to hand-deliver a letter to Ontario's Parliament on behalf of
PETA and Zoocheck Canada to urge legislators to support Bill 69—The Elephant
Protection Act—which bans elephant handlers from using electric prods,
bullhooks, or similar devices to "shock, poke, strike, hit, stab, pierce
or pinch the skin of an elephant" and severely curtails the use of chains
and ropes to restrain elephants. Photos of Park delivering her letter are
and broadcast-quality video footage can be downloaded here.
"As a proud lifelong Ontarian and supporter of PETA and
Zoocheck Canada, I am writing to respectfully urge you to support Bill
69," writes Park. "Make no mistake: There is no other use for a
bullhook than to inflict corporal punishment or memories of severe beatings in
order to intimidate elephants into performing. … Elephants deserve our respect,
kindness, and protection."
In the letter (available here), Park
explains how circuses such as Ringling Bros. beat elephants repeatedly and
maliciously with bullhooks. PETA's undercover video footage shows elephant handlers beating, jabbing, and hooking
elephants with bullhooks when they thought that no one was watching. PETA has
also obtained photographs of
Ringling employees slamming baby elephants to the ground, tying them down, and
beating them with bullhooks to force them into submission.
Park joins a long list of celebrities—including Olivia Munn,
Jada Pinkett Smith, Kellan Lutz, Alec Baldwin, and Sarah Silverman—who have
helped PETA raise awareness about abuses of animals in circuses.
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