Costumed PETA 'Elephants' Will Join Protesters to Call for an Immediate End to Elephant Abuse
For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – A throng of costumed “elephants”—flanked by hundreds of PETA supporters—will roll up the welcome mat on Ringling Bros. on its opening day and night at the Staples Center this Thursday. In two separate demonstrations, protesters will let passersby know that video footage from a PETA investigation shows handlers routinely striking elephants with bullhooks—weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end. A ban on bullhooks, effectively prohibiting Ringling from performing within Los Angeles city limits, will go into effect in January 2017—a precedent that Oakland, California, has recently followed. A bill to ban bullhooks statewide is currently moving through the legislature.
Where: Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St. (at the intersection of W. 12th and S. Figueroa streets), Los Angeles
When: Thursday, July 9, 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
As Ringling stated that it plans to phase out its performing-elephant program, The New York Times published an editorial joining PETA’s call for the circus to retire the elephants immediately.
“As California considers banning bullhooks statewide, the public has made it clear that it will not stand for the circus as long as animals are forced into the spotlight,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on Ringling to swap this antiquated, dying model for a kinder one now rather than condemning elephants to another three years of abuse and deprivation, with no relief in sight for other animals.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” encourages families to steer clear of animal acts.
For more information, please visit PETA’s website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.