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Protesters Will Draw Attention to
Ringling's Practice of Forcing Lame Elephants to Perform Stunts
For Immediate Release:September 19, 2012
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Grand Rapids, Mich. -- An
"elephant" on crutches will lead PETA protesters on
Thursday as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares for its
opening show at Van Andel Arena. The protesters will display photos taken
inside Ringling's training center, which expose how baby elephants are
stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and
shocked with electric prods in abusive training sessions that go on for several
hours. Additionally, PETA will screen its new video exposé
of the Ringling Bros. circus narrated by Alec Baldwin.
When: Thursday, September 20, 12 noon
Where: Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W. (southeast corner of Fulton Street W. and Ottawa Avenue S.W.), Grand Rapids
"Grand Rapids residents would run
screaming from the big top if they knew that elephants used by Ringling suffer
a lifetime of abuse," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law
Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "As infants, elephants are torn away from
their mothers and beaten into submission—and older, arthritic elephants, are still forced to perform painful contortions
despite their ill health."
Late last year, Ringling paid the
largest fine in circus history—$270,000—for violations of the Animal Welfare
more information, please visit PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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