Following months of unwavering pressure from PETA—including appeals from more than 60,000 supporters and the bravery of peaceful protesters who were assaulted by aggressive Shriners—the Moolah Shrine announced that it would no longer feature elephant acts in its circus, which had already stopped using big cats and bears. Elephants and other wild animals used in circuses are beaten, kept in shackles or cages, and deprived of any semblance of a natural life, and this announcement is a message for every other holdout Shrine that it’s time to stop fighting the future and start switching to animal-free circuses that dazzle audiences with human talent. Please urge the remaining Shrines to stop hosting abusive animal circuses, and tell Shriners International to ban the use of animals in member clubs’ events.
“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