For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Pewaukee, Wis. – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus recently made history by announcing an animal-free comeback, yet the Wisconsin Historical Society is still forcing ailing elephants to perform in the Circus World Museum’s summer series. So on Friday, PETA supporters will clamor outside the entrance to the state agency’s board meeting and, during the public comment portion, call on the board to follow in Ringling’s footsteps.
When: Friday, June 3, 8 a.m.
Where: The Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee
A PETA investigator documented that two elderly elephants, Isa and Viola, were forced to perform grueling tricks in shows twice a day, seven days a week at the last summer series, even though their feet were chronically swollen and they showed signs of other painful foot and joint problems—which are among the leading reasons why captive elephants are euthanized.
“While Ringling listened to today’s kind public and dropped the animal acts, Circus World remains an elephant-abusing holdout,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler. “PETA is calling on audiences to stay away from Circus World until the Wisconsin Historical Society stops engaging in cruel practices of a bygone era.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.