PETA to Unveil Circus-Reality Stamps Outside Ringling Museum

Proposed Postage Reveals Circus Handlers Beating Baby Elephants in Ringling's Florida Compound

For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Sarasota, Fla. – In response to the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) new Ringling Bros.–themed circus stamps, PETA has formally asked the agency to create a sister series of stamps to show the public what life is really like for elephants in the circus. (Artwork can be seen here.) PETA’s stamps feature photographs of trainers in Ringling’s Polk City facility as they stretch out baby elephants and gouge them with sharp weapons in order to teach them to obey or else suffer the consequences.

When:   Monday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Where:  The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

“It’s absurd that Ringling has been investigated and fined for breaking animal welfare laws by one government agency and yet is now being celebrated by another. Would the USPS also allow a sports stamp honoring Donald Sterling?” writes PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.

PETA will attend the USPS stamps’ launch at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Monday with poster-size copies of its stamps, which declare Ringling the “Cruelest Show on Earth.”

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