Media Alert: Kate del Castillo to Unveil Circus Exposé, Call On Mayor to Protect Elephants

PETA to Hit Government Center With Appeal for Miami-Dade County Mayor to Enforce Animal-Exploitation Law When Ringling Bros. Comes to Town

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Miami – “If you’re thinking about going to a circus that uses animals, please reconsider.” That’s the message in the brand-new PETA Latino video narrated in both English and Spanish by Kate del Castillo. The La Reina del Sur star will debut the video—which reveals how circuses chain elephants and cage tigers for hours on end and whip, beat, and shock them in order to force them to perform—in front of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center on Wednesday, the day before Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ first show in Miami.

When:   Wednesday, January 8, 12 noon sharp

Where:  Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. First St., No. 2510,  Miami

Del Castillo will also answer questions about the letter she sent on PETA’s behalf to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez calling on him to enforce Florida’s law against forcing crippled animals to perform, when Ringling starts its performances at the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena. As del Castillo points out in her letter (available here), Ringling Bros. routinely forces elephants suffering from painful arthritis and lameness to perform.

“Florida has the strongest, clearest law in the country against exhibiting crippled animals, which gives officials the ability to intervene in situations such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ infamous use of ailing elephants,” she writes. “I urge you to ensure that this law is enforced during Ringling’s stay in the city.”


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