‘Tigers’ to Crack the Whip on Ringling’s Cruelty to Animals

PETA Mascots Crying, 'Let My People Go,' Will Urge Audiences to Stay Away Until All Animals Are Retired

For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2016

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn.What:    Two “tigers” and members of Nashville Animal Advocacy will lead a crowd of PETA supporters in a lively protest outside Ringling Bros.’ opening night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday. The protesters will urge potential attendees to stay away from the circus until no lions, tigers, camels, or any other animals are caged, chained, or beaten into performing under the big top.

When:    Thursday, December 8, 6 p.m.

Where:    Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville

“Pulling the elephants off the road was a step in the right direction, but big cats are still suffering every day under the threat of Ringling Bros.’ whips,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA is urging families to refuse to give a dime to Ringling Bros. or any other circus that still uses and abuses animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that wild animals used in circuses are often torn away from their mothers as babies and confined to barren cages and cramped boxcars when not performing. They are forced to do tricks under the threat of being whipped, beaten, or shocked with an electric prod and commonly suffer from chronic health problems as well as psychological disorders and die prematurely.

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