For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Yulee, Fla. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews in response to White Oak Conservation’s plan to remove elephants from the former elephant-breeding facility of Ringling Bros. circus in Florida and allow them to live in herds in a vast natural habitat:
At the elephant-breeding facility of Ringling Bros. circus, mother elephants gave birth in chains, trainers jabbed babies with bullhooks (weapons that resemble fireplace pokers), and tuberculosis, foot problems, and arthritis ran rampant. After decades of opposing such cruelty, PETA is delighted to close the book on Ringling’s abuse of the remaining elephants from its long-closed traveling shows. The animals will soon roam thousands of natural acres at White Oak Conservation and never suffer in chains or be beaten with bullhooks again.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about Ringling’s former facility is available here.