From Anjelica Huston and Joaquin Phoenix to William H. Macy and RZA, Celebs Call On Ringling to Retire All Exotic Animals Now

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

What do Anjelica Huston, Joaquin Phoenix, William H. Macy, George Lopez, RZA, James Cromwell, Tony Hawk, Jason Biggs, and Pamela Anderson all have in common? They and a slew of other celebrities have signed PETA’s petition calling on Ringling Bros. to retire all exotic animals now—not only the elephants who are beaten into performing, whom Ringling plans to keep on the road for three more years, but also the tigers, lions, and other animals who spend their lives in cages and are deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.

The petition from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—with some of the stars’ signatures is available here, and a list of the celebrities who’ve signed the petition is below. For more information, please visit

Celebrities who have signed PETA’s petition include the following:

George Lopez
Jason Biggs
Tony Hawk
William H. Macy
Joaquin Phoenix
Seth Green
Noah Cyrus
Pamela Anderson
Anjelica Huston
Maggie Q
Kym Johnson
Ireland Baldwin
Alicia Silverstone
Jillian Michaels
Kate del Castillo
James Cromwell
Diane Warren
Bellamy Young
Emily Deschanel
Tony Kanal
Kevin Nealon
Carrie Ann Inaba
Fred Willard
Rob Zombie
Constance Marie
Paula Poundstone
Christen Press
Otep Shamaya
Shaun Monson
John Salley
Davey Havok
Denise Roberts
Naomi Grossman
Ariane Sommer
Sunny Leone
Joanna Krupa
Marco Antonio Regil
Daniella Monet

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