Ringling’s K9 Act Isn’t Fooling Anyone

Published by PETA.


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Circus dogs

Not content with forcing just elephants, tigers, and other exotic animals to perform cheap tricks, Ringling’s mobile animal hell has added dogs to its list of prisoners. During a recent appearance on The Early Show, goons from Ringling’s new magic act, called “Zing Zang Zoom,” dragged along a few sad-looking pups to perform ridiculous tricks in the frikken snow. One terrified pooch shivered as he was hoisted up on a small platform about 30 feet in the air and reluctantly jumped onto a small pillow. In the circus, whether you’re an elephant, a dog, or a dove, it’s perform or else.

While it’s supposed to impress us that these dogs are rescues, the truth is that there’s more ugliness to the illusions of “Zing Zang Zoom” than just garish costumes. PETA receives complaints from all over the country about dogs in circuses. Many are starved for attention, left in crates until show time. Others are starved, in the most literal of terms, and fed only when they perform properly. We’ve heard reports that dogs were forced to perform when injured and that pimps “trainers” made dogs walk on their hind legs, even when not performing, causing them to develop arthritis and other problems with their legs.

Congratulations, Ringling—you’ve managed to take a giant step backward for caninekind. No worries though. Soon, you’ll be as washed up as this guy.

Written by Missy Lane

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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