Ringling Bros.’ Celebrity Outreach Backfires

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Ringling Bros. circus is so anxious to have celebrities attend its show at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Monday that its PR firm even invited stars who’ve led PETA protests against the company’s use of exotic animals.

Among them is Jillian Michaels, who replied: “The only time I go to Ringling Bros. is to join PETA’s protest outside. When Ringling retires all of the animals, I’d be happy to attend. Until then, please remove me from your mailing list.”

Pamela Anderson wrote: “You might do a little research before inviting an honorary PETA Director to the cruelest show on Earth. I not only refuse to go to Ringling Bros. Circus but have urged sites like Groupon to stop selling tickets. I’m encouraged that Ringling will soon retire the elephants, but they must also free the lions, tigers, and other animals they lug around the country in cramped cages and force to perform. When that day comes, count me in.”

Photos of both stars protesting Ringling can be found here and here. Video footage from Michaels protesting against Ringling outside the Staples Center is available here. The invitation that was sent to both of their publicists is below. For the latest in PETA’s campaign against Ringling Bros., please visit RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.

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