PETA Statement: Animals Traveling With Circus Must Be Examined After Tent Collapse

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2015

Below, please find a statement from Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation deputy director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, in response to yesterday’s collapse of a Walker International Events circus tent in New Hampshire:

Yesterday’s tragedy claimed two lives that we know of, and it may have claimed even more, as animals who are tied up and caged backstage at circus shows are sitting ducks when any kind of disaster strikes. PETA has called on authorities to investigate the condition of the animals traveling with this circus immediately and to determine whether the circus took appropriate measures to protect the camels, llamas, and horses it uses. There may be animals in need of veterinary care.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” More information about circuses that use animals is available on our website.

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