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'Pachyderm' to Hand Out Activity Books Following Exposé of Ringling's Violent
Treatment of Baby Elephants
For Immediate Release:November 14, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Chicago -- An "elephant" with a bloody bandage wrapped around a head wound will
greet students as they leave Ogden Elementary School today. The elephant will hand out activity
booklets and explain to kids and their parents that elephants used by Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—which will open in Chicago tonight—are
jabbed with spiked metal bullhooks and beaten to make them perform tricks that
are difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 3:15 p.m.
Where: Ogden Elementary School, 24 W. Walton St. (at the intersection of W. Walton Street and N. Dearborn Parkway), Chicago
"If children knew how animals suffer behind the
scenes, their smiles would quickly turn to frowns," says PETA Foundation
Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
PETA will share compelling photos with parents, which were taken inside Ringling's training center and
expose how baby elephants used
by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped
bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for
several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform
circus tricks out of fear of punishment.
last year, Ringling paid the largest fine in circus history—$270,000—for
violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
recently opened a formal investigation into Ringling for further violations of
For more information, please visit PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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