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Watch the Interview or Enter to Win a Signed Skate Deck or T-Shirt at peta2.com
For Immediate Release:May 13, 2010
Contact:Michael Lyubinsky 757-622-7382
Temecula, Calif. -- Jason Ellis makes skating look effortless, and he is as expressive on a skateboard as he is on the topic of animals--as he demonstrated recently in an exclusive interview with peta2, the world's largest youth animal rights organization. Not one to spend a lot of time kicking back and relaxing, Ellis also trains in boxing and mixed martial arts, has his own radio program, and is the lead singer of the band Taintstick. And from now through June 10, visitors to peta2.com can register to win a skate deck or a Taintstick T-shirt, both of which will be signed by Ellis.
Ellis--whose daytime radio show on Sirius 28 Faction (XM channel 52) features his witty, original point of view--tells peta2: "It's the same with all the animals--I don't care if it's a dolphin or it's a whale or it's an elephant, it doesn't matter, if you're torturing them."
In the interview, Ellis talks about captive-animal parks such as SeaWorld, where orcas are forced to perform unnatural tricks for food and are confined to small tanks that--to the animals--are like bathtubs. He also talks about elephants in circuses who are routinely beaten with sharp, steel-tipped bullhooks in order to remind them who's "boss" and are forced to perform tricks that are unnatural and uncomfortable for them.
"You don't know what's going on in the circus," says Ellis. "They don't tell you, like, 'Hey, man, just so you know, this elephant gets the s*** beaten out of him.'"
Ellis joins an ever-growing list of athletes and musicians--including Pink, Dillinger Escape Plan, Carey Hart, Jake Shields, and Cristina Scabbia of the band Lacuna Coil--who have teamed up with peta2 to challenge archaic, cruel attitudes about animals. Also featured on peta2.com are celebrity interviews, message boards, merchandise, downloadable voice-mail recordings, and chances to win great prizes such as free concert tickets, iPods, and more.
For more information or to watch Jason Ellis' interview and enter the contest, please visit peta2.com.
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