PETA Has a Gift for New Animal-Free Ringling

For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – As Ringling Bros. announces an animal-free comeback tour after a five-year hiatus, PETA is offering it the group’s web domain, which was previously used to expose the abuse of animals used in its circus. Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews:

Ringling is returning with a bang, transforming the saddest show on Earth into a dazzling display of human ingenuity after 146 years of animal abuse. PETA is cheering on the animal-free revamp and will gladly hand over to celebrate the spotlight’s turn toward talented human professionals who choose to perform.

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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