Chained Circus Protesters Take on Cruelty at the Capitol

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

Three women wearing little more than gray bodypaint and shackles stood outside the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., to call out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for forcing elephants to perform for another three years. Ringling has conceded that the public no longer approves of treating intelligent, social elephants like wind-up toys, and the company has stated that it will phase out its elephant performances by 2018.

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Ringling was recently caught denying adequate veterinary care to suffering elephants—and possibly leaving them chained inside boxcars for up to four days at a time. There’s no justifiable reason to force elephants to perform even one more trick. Ringling should end all its elephant acts right now.

What You Can Do

Elephants can’t wait another three years. Urge Ringling to stop cruel elephant acts now!

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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