Protests Over UniverSoul Circus’ Animal Acts Ahead of Nosey’s Law

Circus Should Go Animal-Free Now or People Should Keep Children Away, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Newark, N.J.Nosey’s Law—which prohibits the use of elephants, camels, zebras, and big cats in traveling acts within the state—is poised to go into effect in Newark in July, but PETA supporters will descend on UniverSoul Circus‘ show on Wednesday evening to urge people not to attend as long as the notoriously cruel circus still exploits live animals.

When:    Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Where:    Weequahic Park, at the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Empire Street, Newark

“Today’s public respects wildlife and has no interest in seeing miserable, abused animals performing stupid tricks,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director Rachel Mathews. “PETA’s protesters will be at UniverSoul’s show to demonstrate what direction the wind is blowing in and suggest that the circus drop the animal acts if it wants to stay in business.”

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, once the largest in the U.S., shut down in 2017, citing the public’s changing attitude toward the use of animals in entertainment, as has been borne out by increasing restrictions or bans on animal acts, such as Nosey’s Law. Kelly Miller Circus is now touring animal-free.

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