Reality Star, Local Moms to Protest Ringling’s Cruel Elephant Training

PETA Supporters Will Call On Passersby to Steer Clear of Circus

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2015

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Fayetteville, N.C. – Traci Moran, a local mother and former star of the hit reality show Married to the Army: Alaska, will join PETA’s “elephant” to lead a throng of other concerned parents as well as children in a protest against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on opening night. Their point? That baby elephants are taken from their mothers and subjected to extreme confinement and beatings while training for the big top—actions that no parent should stand for.

Where:           At the intersection of Owen and Coliseum drives near the Crown Complex Theatre, Fayetteville

When:             Thursday, February 26, 6 p.m.

“As a mother, I can only imagine the horror of watching my children be taken from me while I’m unable to help them,” Moran says. “PETA and I are passing the message on to parents everywhere that teaching children respect and compassion for all beings means that abusing sensitive, intelligent animals for our entertainment is never OK. If you wouldn’t want something to happen to your children, don’t pay for it to happen to someone else’s!”

As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for our entertainment,” baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods in order to force them to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment.

For more information, please visit PETA’s website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.

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