These Viral, Graphic Incidents Prove It: Animals Don’t Belong in Circuses

A tiger convulsing, a distressed bear urinating on herself, a lion mauling a handler—we didn’t need any of these viral incidents to know that animals don’t belong in circuses.

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Goodbye, Tai: PETA Laments Death of Elephant Forced to Perform in Movies, TV

Tai the elephant—beaten and exploited for human entertainment and forced into numerous film and TV productions—has died. PETA mourns the life she was denied.

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PETA Has a Top 10 List for Everything, Even Top 10 Lists

PETA has made a lot of top 10 lists over the decades, so it was only natural to compile the top 10 of them! Check out our top 10 top 10 lists for food finds, reasons to go vegan, and more.

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The Best Part of 2020: 8 HUGE Animal Rights Achievements

From monkeys to horses to sheep to whales—2020 was a great year for animal rights. Don’t miss these eight huge victories that were the result of PETA’s and its affiliates’ work around the world.

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40 Years, 40 Wins—How PETA Helped Animals in Circuses and Roadside Zoos

For PETA’s 40th anniversary, join us in celebrating 40 major ways we’ve helped animals exploited by circuses and roadside zoos over the past four decades.

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WATCH: Bear Snaps at Handler Mid-Circus, Is Beaten With a Shovel

It’s not shocking that a bear would lash out after being beaten, and it’s appalling that animals are still being exploited and abused for entertainment in 2020.

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France Ends Mink Farming, Dolphinariums, and the Use of Animals in Circuses

Thanks to activists like you, France has just ushered in a new compassionate era with three huge victories for animals suffering in captivity.

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Ringling Bros. Exits Elephant Game, Hands Over So-Called ‘Conservation Center’

Victory! The notorious Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is no more, and most of the elephants held there will be sent to an accredited facility where they can recover.

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USDA Tried to Keep Its Failures Secret—PETA Helped Force Transparency

According to the statement that plaintiffs secured, it’s clear that the situation is dire for the millions of animals the USDA is supposed to protect.

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COVID-19 Is Helping People See That Animals Aren’t Ours to Use for Entertainment

SeaWorld’s reopening means that staff are forcing animals to perform in shows again. With your help, PETA will take on animal abuse at entertainment venues across the country.

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URGENT: Help Keep These Animal Abusers Shut Down Post–COVID-19

Animal exploiters are nonessential—the coronavirus pandemic proves that the world can keep on turning without the torture and killing of animals.

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A COVID-19 Silver Lining: Unexpected Benefits for Animals

To help Americans cope with fear and anxiety over COVID-19, PETA is offering something to smile about: Fewer animals are being abused for entertainment.

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Speculation Grows That Elephant Acts Are Over at Garden Bros. Circus

Relief may have just come for elephants exploited by Garden Bros. Circus, but other animals definitely still need your help. Find out what you can do now.

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Audience Screams As Lynx Claws Russian Circus Trainer’s Head and Neck

The lynx appeared terrified as a circus trainer forcefully yanked on the leash, causing the animal and the perch that he or she was balancing on to crash to the ground.

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Los Angeles Gets It: Exploiting Animals Is Nothing to Celebrate

The Los Angeles City Council wants folks to enjoy their parties—but not at animals’ expense. Learn more about the way this ban will help bears and other wild animals.

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