Hey, Ringling, Pick On Someone Your Own Size

Published by PETA.

It looks like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus isn’t anxious for PETA to capture any more footage of its goons employees whacking elephants with bullhooks. How else would you explain the ugly incident that happened this past Tuesday in which a burly, 200-something-pound Ringling worker apparently shoved and almost knocked down PETA staffer Amanda Fortino—who stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds soaking wet—while she was videotaping elephants who were being led from a Ringling train to the Rose Garden arena prior to the circus’s performance in Portland, Oregon.

His friends must have been worried that Mr. “Tact and Diplomacy” was in danger of being overpowered by the deceptively slight Amanda (she does have super-vegan powers, you know), Amanda reports that several of the thug’s cohorts bounded to his assistance and surrounded her, effectively blocking her view of the elephants.

Not the smartest move, because another activist was holding the aforementioned video camera and caught the whole thing on tape. We promptly turned the tape over to Portland police, who have opened an investigation into the incident.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind