In advance of planned performances by the notorious Garden Bros. Circus in Maine, PETA informed state authorities at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife of the circus’s long history of putting animals and the public at risk, and we asked them to stop the circus from bringing elephants into the state without first properly testing them for tuberculosis. The state confirmed that the circus hadn’t done so and decided that Garden Bros. therefore couldn’t bring the elephants into Maine, giving them a much-needed break from being forced to perform grueling tricks under the threat of punishment.
“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