PETA Members to Confront Potential Circusgoers in Oceanport

Protesters Will Draw Parents’ Attention to Government Citations of Cole Bros. for Animal Abuse

For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Oceanport, N.J. — Holding signs that read, “Circuses Are No Fun for Animals” and “Elephants Are Abused,” PETA members will protest against the arrival of Cole Bros. Circus in Oceanport on Monday. PETA will explain to parents that just last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered Cole Bros. to pay a $15,000 fine to settle more than 10 formal charges for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide elephants with adequate veterinary care and failure to hire personnel capable of caring for them.

When: Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Monmouth Park, at the intersection of Oceanport and Port Au Peck avenues, Oceanport

“Chains, beatings, domination, and deprivation are daily facts of life for elephants forced to perform for Cole Bros. Circus,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “If your kids love animals, the last place you should take them to is the circus.”

The PETA members will explain to children and their parents that elephants used in Cole Bros. performances are jabbed with spiked metal bullhooks and have been beaten to make them perform difficult tricks that are confusing and can even be painful.

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