After learning from PETA about Loomis Bros. Circus’ use of elephants and big cats from exhibitor Brian Franzen—who’s been cited for beating an elephant, caging tigers outside in the rain without shelter, and failing to provide animals with veterinary care—the University of South Carolina–Aiken agreed never again to host an animal circus at its Convocation Center! The university’s compassionate decision is yet another sign to animal-abusing circuses everywhere that they need to drop the cruelty if they want to keep attracting audiences.
“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