PETA Statement: Zebras’ Escape From UniverSoul Show Demonstrates Circus’ Danger to the Public and Animals

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2015

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Counsel Rachel Mathews released the following statement in response to the escape of two zebras from UniverSoul circus in Philadelphia:

Yet again, animals have escaped a circus and been chased through a city they never should have been taken to in the first place. UniverSoul needs to retire its animal acts immediately, and all kind families should refuse to buy a ticket to any circus that exploits animals. PETA is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate immediately to ensure that the animals are receiving veterinary care.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about the UniverSoul circus is available here and here.

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