PETA’s Persevering Pachyderm

Published by PETA.

Rejection is tough, but Ella PhantzPeril doesn’t let it get her down. Initially snubbed by St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., officials, Ella PhantzPeril just wouldn’t take no for an answer.

This week, Ella can be seen stopping (foot) traffic in Washington Square Park in Kansas City—where she received a warm welcome. And, judging by the photo, even George is behind her all the way.




Ella’s found a place to unpack her trunk for the moment, but she’s still shedding tears for all the elephants who face much longer, much more difficult journeys as they’re dragged in shackles to circus appearances across the country and beaten with bullhooks behind the scenes.

Check back to see if your city will be receiving the privilege of Ella’s company, and in the meantime, remind everyone you know that circuses are no fun for elephants.

Written by Heather Drennan

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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