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

PETA Says That Filthy Cages and Lack of Veterinary Care Are Among Reasons for Families to Stay Away From UniverSoul

For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

AtlantaWhat:    Wearing little more than bodypaint, a PETA “tiger” will cage herself at UniverSoul Circus’ headquarters in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, the day of UniverSoul’s opening-night performance, and urge families not to buy tickets to the circus while it’s in town.

When:    Wednesday, February 8, 12 noon sharp

Where:    In front of UniverSoul Circus’ headquarters, 230 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

“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 Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA is calling on families to refuse to buy a ticket 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  typically 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 attitudes about its use of animals as well as a decade of declining ticket sales—recently announced that it will go out of business this May.

On Wednesday evening, a costumed “tiger” and “elephant” with “tears” running down their faces will also lead members of PETA and Georgia Animal Rights and Protection (GARP) in a spirited protest outside the circus’s performance—and GARP will continue to protest throughout the circus’s stint in Atlanta.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind