Respect Elephants—Let Them Go: That’s the Message of PETA ‘Elephant’ Outside Shrine Circus

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Fort Worth, Texas – A PETA supporter in an elephant costume will create a stir outside the Fort Worth Convention Center on Thursday before the Moslah Shrine Circus performance to appeal to the public to help liberate elephants. Shrine circuses are among the very last remaining shows that still deprive wild animals—including elephants and big cats—of any semblance of a real life, carting them about in small crates or keeping them in shackles when not forced to perform. PETA members will point out to circus attendees and passersby that elephants in circuses are beaten into submission with bullhooks, weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end.

When:    Thursday, November 18, 6:45 p.m.

Where:    Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. (at the intersection with W. 11th Street), Fort Worth

“Elephants should be able to pack their trunks and retire from Shrine circuses, as views and times have changed and most people today respect wild animals enough not to want to dominate and exploit them,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA is calling on the Moslah Shriners and the Fort Worth Convention Center to enter the 21st century and drop animal exhibits.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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