PETA Will Urge Audiences to Stay Away From the Circus Until It Takes All Animals off the Road
For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Kansas City, Mo. – What: Three “tigers” will lead a crowd of PETA supporters in a lively protest outside Ringling Bros.’ opening night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City 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, September 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. (at the intersection with E. 13th Street), Kansas City
“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.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.