Circus Vargas Abandons Animals …

Published by PETA.

… but in a good way. The circus has joined dozens of innovative and entertaining productions in leaving animals out of the act. We campaigned against Circus Vargas years ago when it still forced elephants, llamas, and other animals to perform, but now we’ll sing its praises.

People who care about animals don’t want to watch elephants who have been beaten into submission with metal-tipped bullhooks or tigers who are forced to cower before trainers with whips, so Circus Vargas made a good business decision. After all, the number of animal-free circuses has skyrocketed in recent years in response to public demand.

By only buying tickets to shows that don’t hurt animals, you can compel Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and others like it to do away with whips, bullhooks, and cramped cages and release their lonely and depressed animal performers.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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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