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Chronic Federal Law Violators Ringling Bros. Circus Arrives, Group Holds Opening-Day Protests
For Immediate Release:October 17, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Cleveland -- PETA is offering
a reward of $500 to any employee of Quicken Loans Arena who catches any
employee of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus using a bullhook—a
sharp metal-tipped rod that resembles a fireplace poker—or any similar weapon
on the circus's elephants. Ohio law prohibits the use of any prods on elephants
in circuses, and while PETA will be monitoring Ringling's arrival in Cleveland
for violations of this law, circus staff—previously caught violently striking
the animals and hooking them so hard that it caused scar tissue—handle
elephants out of view most of the time.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 12 noon and 6 p.m.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, E. Fourth Street and Huron Road, Cleveland
The group will hold demonstrations outside the Quicken Loans
Arena on Ringling's opening day. Led by a bandaged "elephant," PETA
members will explain to families that elephants used by Ringling are forced to
perform difficult and painful tricks despite suffering from lameness and
"Elephants bear the scars of bullhook abuse and vividly
remember the pain of them, but they need the help of people behind the scenes
to look out for them," says PETA Director Delcianna Winders. "Those
of us who don't have access behind the curtain can help these animals by
refusing to give a dime to the company that routinely beats and abuses
Last month, Ohio native Chrissie Hynde asked Cleveland Mayor
Frank Jackson to ensure that Ringling does not use bullhooks while in the city.
Public Safety Director Marty Flask has assured the organization that the Animal
Protective League will inspect and monitor the circus to make sure that
Ringling complies with all laws. PETA is calling on arena employees to help
enforce the law.
For more information, please visit
PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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