New York City’s Bravest Balk at Ringling Stunt

Published by PETA.

Firefighters from New York City’s Engine 245 are heroes in our eyes, and not just because they put their lives on the line for people in need.

When asked to participate in a publicity stunt for Ringling Bros. by washing one of the circus’s elephants, the firefighters resisted.

Unfortunately, while this engine company might have realized that Ringling was resorting to a cheap stunt in the hope of finding something—anything—that would distract people from the circus’s abuse of animals, city officials weren’t on the same page.

Despite the fact that it’s the firefighters’ job to protect the public, not to hawk circus tickets, the higher-ups in the city government pressured the NYFD to go along with Ringling’s scheme.


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Firefighter and Ringling


So, for trying to do the right thing and for staying focused on their (vitally important) jobs, PETA is recognizing Engine 245 with our Compassionate Fire Department Award.

As for those folks at City Hall who decided that the best use of firefighters’ time is to shill for Ringling, what the heck were you thinking?

Written by Jeff Mackey

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