Jason Biggs Is ‘Beaten,’ ‘Shocked,’ and Chained for PETA’s New Anti-Circus Video

Star Teams Up With Wife Jenny Mollen and Celebrity Pals for Hilarious Campaign

For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – What if actors were treated like animals in a circus? That’s the subject of Jason Biggsnew PETA video, in which the Orange Is the New Black and American Pie star is denied food, chained up on set overnight, and “shocked” with an “electric prod” to remind him who’s boss—all common circus practices.

The video also stars Biggs’ wife, Jenny Mollen (Angel), who demonstrates with Sunny Mabrey (Once Upon a Time) how big cats are crammed into tiny cages when they’re not being forced to perform. Ross McCall (White Collar) and Daniel Maurio (actor/producer, Chelsea Lately) also appear.

“As Jason Biggs’ PETA video reveals, the toughest TV production set doesn’t hold a candle to the cruelty in a circus tent,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Elephants and tigers only stand on their hind legs or jump through rings of fire because they know that they’ll be beaten or whipped if they don’t.”

Biggs previously collaborated with PETA for a tongue-in-cheek “SeaWorld commercial.” He is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Olivia Munn, Steve-O, Tommy Lee, Anjelica Huston, and many more—who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”) to speak out against circuses that use and abuse animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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