Ringling’s Abuse of Animals Sparks PETA Protest in San Antonio

Protesters Will Draw Attention to Ringling's Violent Treatment of Baby Elephants

For Immediate Release:
July 5, 2014

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio, Texas – PETA protesters will assemble in San Antonio on Saturday morning as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares for its show. The protesters will display signs that read, “Ringling Beats Animals,” and are emblazoned with compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s training compound. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks—weapons that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp steel hooks on one end—and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment. Actor Alec Baldwin has narrated a video exposé that focuses on how circuses abuse elephants.

When:   Saturday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. 

Where:  AT&T Center (at the intersection of AT&T Center Parkway and Gembler Road at Lot 6 entrance), San Antonio

“San Antonians would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “Since children love animals, the last place that parents and grandparents should take them to is the circus.”

In late 2011, Ringling Bros. paid the largest fine in circus history—$270,000—for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

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

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