PETA Party ‘Poopers’ to Crash Yaarab Shrine Birthday Party Over Circus Abuse

For Immediate Release:
August 3, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Atlanta – On Monday, Yaarab Shrine will host a party for members with summer birthdays—including Potentate Robert Hampton—so to mark the occasion, PETA supporters in poop costumes will make a stink outside the party venue and deliver a cake that reads, “Robert Hampton, Stop Treating Animals Like Crap.” The fecal fiesta is an escalation of efforts to get Shriners to cut the cruelty from all chapters’ circuses, following Moolah Shrine’s announcement that it dropped elephant acts.

When:    Monday, August 7, 6 p.m.

Where:    400 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E. (near the intersection with Charles Allen Drive N.E.), Atlanta

“Hampton is turning a year older, and if he’s any wiser, he’ll make Yaarab Shrine Circus go animal-free,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on the potentate to flush the cruelty to elephants and make this a festive day for all species.”

The Yaarab Shrine Circus is among the last remaining shows that still use wild animals who are confined to small crates, kept in shackles, and deprived of any semblance of a natural life. It has partnered with notoriously cruel exhibitors, including Carson & Barnes Circus, which has been cited for more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and whose head trainer was caught on video attacking elephants with bullhooks—weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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