Oklahoma Elephant Abuse Exemption Bill Dies

After hearing from PETA and our members and supporters, the Oklahoma Senate allowed H.B. 3281—the Endangered Ark Foundation Preservation Act—to die without calling it for a vote. This insidious bill would have protected trainers caught abusing elephants from prosecution under the state’s cruelty laws and was designed to benefit the Endangered Ark Foundation—a misleadingly named elephant-entertainment facility connected to the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus.

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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