Nearly Naked Painted Beauties to Protest Circus

After Ringling Announces Plan to Phase Out Elephant Acts by 2018, PETA Calls for Animals' Immediate Release

For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Baltimore – Following Ringling Bros.’ announcement that the circus will phase out its elephant acts by 2018, passersby in Baltimore will get an eyeful on Wednesday, when a trio of “elephants” wearing little more than gray bodypaint and shackles will lead PETA’s protest outside the Royal Farms Arena ahead of Ringling’s scheduled performance. PETA hopes to turn back would-be audience members by showing that elephants are beaten and that Ringling was recently caught denying veterinary care to suffering elephants—and leaving them chained inside boxcars for up to four days at a time.

Where:          Royal Farms Arena, W. Baltimore Street and Park Avenue, Baltimore

When:            Wednesday, March 25, 12 p.m.

“Circus life is no life for elephants, who create deep social bonds and roam many miles a day in their natural homes,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on kind people everywhere to look out for elephants by staying away from this cruel circus.”

A recent New York Times editorial joined PETA’s call for Ringling to retire the elephants now—not in three years. PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” has released dozens of compelling photos taken at Ringling’s training center that expose how baby elephants are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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