Turner Field Developer Has Broken a Promise, Putting Animals in Danger

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

UPDATE: Despite a promise made to PETA, development firm Carter has gone back on its commitment never to host UniverSoul Circus at Turner Field again. The company has informed PETA that the circus is set to return to the Atlanta stadium in 2018.

Please take action by urging Carter to insist that the performances go forward without the use of live animals.

Originally posted March 20, 2017

PETA has sent some delicious elephant-shaped vegan chocolates to Carter, the developer that took over Turner Field this year, as a thank-you for pledging to make this year’s UniverSoul Circus performances the last to occur on the property.

Carter confirmed that the circus will not return, after PETA pointed out that the elephants used by UniverSoul—who are provided by Larry Carden—are routinely lame, likely as a result of chaining and confinement. In 2015, Carden was charged with abusive behavior toward an elephant during a UniverSoul performance at Turner Field. For years, the circus used a tiger act leased from Mitchel Kalmanson, an exhibitor who has been cited by the federal government for failing to provide animals with basic veterinary care, depriving them of the opportunity to exercise, and confining them to foul-smelling, maggot-infested trucks.

The public’s changing attitudes about the use of animals and a decade of declining ticket sales recently prompted Ringling Bros. circus to announce that it’s going out of business this May. The public’s changing attitudes have also led numerous venues, including more than 600 malls across the U.S., to prohibit circuses with wild animals.

Although multiple towns have refused to host animal acts, our hope is that venues still planning to host cruel circuses will consider the facts carefully and at least require that scheduled performances go forward without animals.

What You Can Do

UniverSoul already has a number of thrilling acts performed by talented (and willing) humans. Urge the company to join the ever-growing list of animal-free circuses and leave abuse behind. Change will come as profits dwindle, so be sure to send a clear message to UniverSoul that you won’t be attending its shows until it stops profiting from animal suffering. Sign our action alert by clicking the button below, and encourage others to do the same.

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 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