PETA Says That Animal-Welfare Citations, Lack of Veterinary Care Are Among Reasons for Families to Stay Away From UniverSoul
For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Newark, N.J. – What: A PETA “zebra”—wearing little more than bodypaint—will be in downtown Newark on Tuesday, the day of UniverSoul Circus’ opening-night performance, to urge families not to buy tickets to the circus while it’s in town.
When: Tuesday, May 9, 12 noon sharp
Where: In front of City Hall, 920 Broad St., Newark
“UniverSoul Circus denies zebras, 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 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 routinely hires animal exhibitors who have racked up piles of animal-welfare citations. Zebras have escaped and run from the circus through city streets as recently as March 2016 in Philadelphia and November 2015 in Oakland, California. In February, during a routine inspection of the circus while it was in Atlanta, animal control officers discovered numerous animal-welfare issues, including an injured zebra, wounded camels, elephants with bruised feet, and an elephant named Bo with a wound on his ankle.
Ringling Bros. circus—citing the public’s changing attitudes about its use of animals as well as a decade of declining ticket sales—announced that it will go out of business this month.
On Tuesday evening, PETA members will also hold a spirited protest outside the circus’s performance, across from the Broad Street Station.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.