‘Tiger’ to Roar, ‘Elephant’ to Trumpet in Protest at Ringling’s Last Stand

PETA and Others Will Rally Outside Cruelest Show on Earth's Final Performances

For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2017

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David Perle 202-483-7382

New YorkWhat:    A crying “tiger” and “elephant” will lead members of a coalition of local animal rights groups—including PETA, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, CompassionWorks International, The Animals’ Battalion, and others—in a spirited protest outside the Barclays Center on Thursday, when Ringling Bros. circus opens and closes there for the final time.

When:    Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m.

Where:    Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn

“The curtain couldn’t drop soon enough on what has been a nightmare for wonderful wild animals who’ve been deprived of a real life,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA is using this opportunity to call on families to skip these shows and never buy a ticket to any circus that makes money from cruel animal acts.”

PETA points out that while Ringling Bros. no longer uses elephants in performances, other circuses still do. Supporters of PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—will continue to protest Ringling Bros. throughout its final performances.

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