Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the death of Tyke—an elephant who was mowed down in a hail of gunfire after she killed her trainer and went on a rampage before a circus performance in Honolulu, Hawaii—the Moscow International Circus has pledged to not use any animals in its upcoming performances.
The move comes after PETA mobilized more than 67,000 supporters to e-mail the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, which had scheduled the Moscow International Circus to perform there in October, the first time since Tyke’s death that any circus with animals would have performed at the venue.
The Moscow International Circus originally stated that it was leaving elephant acts out of its show but that other exotic animals—including big cats—would be included. Now, presumably as a result of the huge amount of negative feedback, the circus has committed to leaving all animals out of the act.
What You Can Do
Don’t allow Tyke’s death to have been in vain. Never support any circus that includes animal acts and urge your friends and family to do the same.