Ellie Elephant Goes to School

Published by PETA.

Most kids love animals, but not all kids are aware of the horrors that elephants and other animals in circuses face, so PETA and Ellie Elephant decided to tell local kids what goes on behind the big top. Ellie was a huge hit with children and parents, handing out activity books to show kids why circuses are no fun for animals. The kids were excited to get their hands on the fun workbooks, and the parents appreciated the educational message. Check out these photos of Ellie making friends and spreading the word about why elephants would rather be left at home in nature with their families than endure the chains and whips used by circus trainers.


An elephant never forgets … to wear her “Circuses Are No Fun for Animals” button!
Ellie the Elephant

The pair on the right couldn’t wait to get home to use those books.
Ellie the Elephant

Ellie’s new BFF, John the crossing guard, took a few activity books home for his grandkids.
Ellie the Elephant

If your kids missed out on Ellie’s visit but still want to help animals in circuses, they can check out this fun comic and visit PETAKids.com to find out the facts and get active.

Written by Lianne Turner

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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