Arkansas National Guard Bans Animal Circuses

After learning from PETA and a local activist that several Stardust Circus shows were scheduled to bring elephants owned by the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus to Arkansas armories, the major general of the state National Guard immediately prohibited upcoming performances and implemented a policy banning future animal acts. This is a victory for all animals who are chained up, hauled across the country in cramped trailers, and forced to perform confusing and often painful tricks under the threat of punishment.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind