‘Elephant’ to Lead Kids in Protest Against UniverSoul Circus

Pint-Sized PETA Supporters Devote Part of Their Spring Break to Speaking Up for Elephants

For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2015

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Led by a costumed “elephant,” a group of elementary and middle school students will join PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—and Long Island Orchestrating for Nature near Floyd Bennett Field on Thursday morning (part of their spring break) for a spirited protest against UniverSoul Circus, whose Brooklyn performances begin this week.

Where:           Outside the gates at Floyd Bennett Field Ranger Station (on Flatbush Avenue north of Aviation Road), Brooklyn

When:             Thursday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.

The young protesters will inform other kids and their families that UniverSoul’s elephant exhibitor and a UniverSoul representative currently face criminal charges in Georgia for abusing an elephant with a bullhook—a weapon that resembles a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end.

“When kids find out how elephants in circuses are beaten and denied everything that’s natural and important to them, they’re eager to protest the circus—not go to its shows,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on families to stay far away from any circus that uses and abuses animals.”

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