PETA Members to Protest Circus’s Opening Night



Activists Will Urge Boone Residents to Avoid Carson & Barnes’ Animal Abuse

What: The notorious Carson & Barnes Circus—whose animal-care director, Tim Frisco, has been caught on camera viciously attacking terrified elephants with heavy, metal-tipped bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods—is headed to Boone County, and local PETA supporters will be on hand at the circus’s opening night to protest. The protesters will hit Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday with signs that read, “Circuses Are No Fun for Animals,” to call attention to the circus’s extensive history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

“Carson & Barnes is notorious for shackling endangered elephants, dragging them around the country, and beating and shocking them into performing unnatural tricks,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “PETA is telling families that if their kids and grandkids love animals, the last place they should take them is to the circus.”

Just last year, Carson & Barnes paid a penalty in a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 10 additional violations of the AWA, including for endangering both animals and the public.

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, 1601 Industrial Park Rd. (near the intersection with Argo Street), Boone

When: Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.

Your coverage is invited. RSVP to David Perle at 202-483-7382.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind