After hearing from PETA that Jordan World Circus and the exhibitors it contracts with have long histories of animal-welfare and public-safety concerns, New Mexico State University (NMSU) confirmed to PETA that the circus’s performances that were previously scheduled to take place at the school’s Pan American Center had been canceled. The university also committed to hosting only animal-free circuses in the future. This decision is yet another sign to animal-abusing circuses everywhere that they need to drop the cruelty if they want to keep attracting audiences. Dozens of communities and more than 650 venues nationwide now prohibit or restrict animal performances. NMSU joins other universities, including the University of South Carolina–Aiken and Saint Louis University, that have canceled or banned wild-animal circuses.
“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