PETA Statement About New York’s Ban on Elephants in Circuses

For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Albany, N.Y. – The following statement is from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding New York’s ban on the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows, signed into law today by Gov. Cuomo:

Progressive New Yorkers don’t want to see sensitive and complex elephants chained and beaten for circus shows. PETA is sending vegan elephant-shaped chocolates to bill sponsors Assembly Member Amy Paulin and Sen. Terrence Murphy as thanks for bringing the state one step closer to a day when the only performers in circuses are willing human ones who can go home to their families at night.

For decades, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—has led protests calling on New Yorkers to stay away from UniverSoul Circus, the now-defunct Ringling Bros. circus, and other traveling shows that use and abuse elephants and other wild animals.

More information about circuses that use animals is available here.

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