PETA Calls On Jimmy Fallon to Nix Cruel Animal Acts

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2014

Roxy, the elephant who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, was kidnapped from the wild as a baby, is kept chained, is shuffled from city to city, and is denied everything that is natural and important to her. Being forced onto a soundstage where audiences are loud and lights are bright can cause elephants and other wild animals to lash out, and even the two trainers standing next to her with bullhooks wouldn’t have been able to stop her had she charged. Roxy previously critically injured a woman by stepping on her and crushing her pelvis. Jimmy Fallon has enough charm and talent to carry The Tonight Show without resorting to abusive and archaic animal acts.

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