Nude ‘Tiger’ in Memphis to Roar in Protest on Circus’s Opening Day

PETA Says That History of Filthy Cages and Lack of Veterinary Care Is Why Families Should Stay Away From UniverSoul

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Memphis, Tenn.What:    A PETA “tiger”—wearing little more than bodypaint—will be in downtown Memphis on Friday, the day of UniverSoul Circus’ opening-night performance, to urge passersby not to buy tickets to the circus while it’s in town.

When:    Friday, August 31, 12 noon sharp

Where:    At the intersection of S. Second and Beale streets, Memphis

“UniverSoul Circus denies tigers, elephants, and other animals everything that’s natural and important to them—just for a few fleeting minutes of human amusement,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA is calling on everyone to refuse to buy tickets to any circus that still uses animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that UniverSoul uses a tiger act in its shows that’s leased from Mitchel Kalmanson, who has been cited by the federal government for failing to provide animals with basic veterinary care, depriving them of the opportunity to exercise, and confining them to foul-smelling, maggot-infested trucks.

Ringling Bros. circus—citing the public’s changing attitude toward its use of animals as well as a decade of declining ticket sales—went out of business last year.

PETA supporters will also hold a spirited protest outside the circus’s performance on Friday at 6 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall near the circus tent entrance, located at 6075 Winchester Rd., Memphis.

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