Shriners Make the Progressive Decision to Thrill Audiences Without Harming Elephants, Tigers, and Other Animals
For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2016
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Springfield, Mass. – When the Melha Shrine Circus opens tonight, not a single elephant, lion, or tiger will be in sight—instead, acrobats, clowns, comedians, motorcyclists, and other talented human performers will entertain the Springfield crowd. As a thank-you for preventing animals from being beaten and whipped into performing, PETA has sent the Melha Shriners a box of delicious vegan cookies
“The Melha Shrine Circus is proving how modern-day circuses can thrill audiences without caging, chaining, and beating animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA will continue to call on circuses across the country to follow the Melha Shrine’s progressive example of creativity and compassion.”
As documented by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—circus trainers and handlers routinely jab elephants, including babies, with bullhooks (weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp metal hook on one end). Animal-based circuses keep elephants, tigers, and other animals on the road for up to 50 weeks a year, and when they aren’t being used in performances, they’re usually shackled in chains or locked inside cramped cages. Many animal exhibitors with Shrine circuses, such as the notorious Mitchel Kalmanson, the Carden family, and Carson & Barnes, have lengthy records of violating federal animal-welfare law.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.