PETA Statement re Arkansas National Guard Nixing Animal Circuses

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Arkansas – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews in response to the decision made today by the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit three circus appearances that had been scheduled at Arkansas armories through next week, as well as all future animal acts after hearing from PETA and a local activist regarding tonight’s performance, which will feature elephants owned by Carson & Barnes Circus:

PETA is sending the Arkansas National Guard a box of elephant-shaped vegan chocolates for pledging that no animal-exploiting business will pass through its doors after tonight’s performance by the Stardust Circus, which uses elephants from the notorious Carson & Barnes Circus. This is a victory for all animals who are chained up, hauled across the country in cramped trailers, and forced to perform confusing and often painful tricks under the threat of punishment. PETA urges everyone to follow the Arkansas National Guard’s compassionate example by refusing to support these cruel spectacles.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” For more information, please visit

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