For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Tyler, Texas – On Thursday, giant inflatable crying elephants will be chained and beaten by “circus performers” in fez hats outside the Sharon Shrine as part of PETA’s campaign urging Shriners to modernize their circuses by making them animal-free, just as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is doing.
When: Thursday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Where: Sharon Shrine, 10027 State Hwy. 31 E., Tyler
The Sharon Shrine Circus is among the last remaining shows that still use wild animals who are confined to small crates, kept in shackles, and deprived of any semblance of a natural life. It has partnered with notoriously cruel exhibitors, including Carson & Barnes Circus, which has been cited for more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and whose head trainer was caught on video attacking elephants with bullhooks—weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end.
“Cruelty takes center stage at any circus where sensitive animals are tormented into performing demeaning tricks in front of noisy crowds,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Sharon Shriners to stop hosting horrifying animal acts, as numerous other shrines have already done.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.