UF Student Persuades Alumni to Drop Ringling

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Not convinced that one can make a difference? When University of Florida (UF) student—and former PETA intern—Jared Misner found out that the school’s alumni association was offering discounted tickets to the hideously cruel Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, he met with the leaders of the group. After Jared let the alumni association know that PETA exposés have revealed that Ringling abuses animals in fear-based and violent training sessions—dragging baby elephants away from their mothers, slamming them to the ground, gouging them with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocking them with electric prods—the group pledged never to promote the circus again!

Kudos to Jared, who will receive PETA’s One Can Make a Difference Award. And remember, never hesitate to speak out against animal abuse—yours might be the voice that saves an animal’s life.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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