Victory! Melha Shrine Nixes Animal Circus

After PETA urged the Melha Shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts—which had started using animals in its circus again two years ago—to recommit to holding exclusively human-only shows, the organization discontinued its animal circus! Following a drop in attendance, the Melha Shrine is now out of the animal-exploiting business. The public is making it clear that it doesn’t want to see elephants shackled in chains or tigers being whipped around a ring, and it’s choosing not to support this cruelty. The Melha Shrine is helping PETA push other circuses toward the animal-free future that they must embrace if they want to keep attracting audiences.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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