Lucy Davis to Speak at News Conference Announcing Bill to Ban Wild-Animal Circuses

Actor Will Join PETA at Los Angeles City Hall for Introduction of Circus Cruelty Prevention Act

For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2019

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – On Tuesday, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Lucy Davis will lead a rally with co-sponsors PETA and SCIL (Social Compassion in Legislation) outside Los Angeles City Hall, where there will be a news conference to announce the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act which would prohibit circuses and other traveling shows from using wild or exotic animals in California. The news conference will feature the introduction of the bill by Sen. Ben Hueso and remarks by Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz, who supported the ban on bullhooks—weapons used to beat and intimidate elephants—followed by comments from PETA supporter Davis as well as PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. Other stars expected to attend include Joaquin Phoenix, Holly Marie Combs, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Daniella Monet, and Pablo Azar.

When:    Tuesday, February 19, 9:15 a.m.

Where:    On the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles

“Wild and exotic animals aren’t photo props, they don’t belong on a carnival midway, and they’re not willing participants in circuses,” says Lange. “PETA proudly supports the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act and looks forward to its passage, setting the stage for other states to follow suit.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that animals used in circuses are bullied into performing confusing and even painful tricks and are denied all semblance of a natural life. In recent years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down, Cole Bros. Circus stopped touring, and Kelly Miller and Ramos Bros. circuses dropped their wild-animal acts. Numerous states and jurisdictions—including Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New York City, and San Francisco—now restrict circuses that use wild animals.

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