PETA ‘Elephant’ Says Renaissance Festival Exhibitor Was Caught on Video Abusing Animals

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Denver – When the Colorado Renaissance Festival opens on Saturday morning, the action will be outside the gates, where PETA’s elephant mascot will proclaim, “Animal Exploitation Is Medievil.” PETA supporters will gather to let festivalgoers know that because the state’s much-anticipated ban on traveling exotic-animal acts won’t go into effect until September, the festival is squeezing every last penny out of pachyderms now, before it’s illegal to do so.

When:      Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.

Where:     650 Perry Park Ave., Larkspur

“The elephant exhibitor at this year’s Renaissance festival was caught on video kicking and beating an elephant in the face,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler. “PETA is urging everyone to skip this abusive spectacle, which is soon to be part of Colorado’s past.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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