PETA Spot by Actor Robbyne Kaamil to Air During Elephant-Abusing Circus' Stint
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As UniverSoul Circus arrives in Norfolk, TV viewers will get a hard-hitting message from actor and author Robbyne Kaamil, who wrote and narrated a new PETA ad that will air 55 times on WAVY-TV (NBC), WVBT-TV (Fox), and Bounce TV during the circus’ stay. “My great-great-grandmother was a slave on a North Carolina plantation,” Kaamil says in the ad. “Slavery was a horrible, ugly, and brutal system. … Unfortunately, slavery is still a reality for some.”
Kaamil, whose likeness appears in the animated ad, goes on to explain how elephants are stolen from their families and sold to circuses and other businesses that chain, beat, and exhibit them for profit.
“When you buy a ticket,” concludes Kaamil, “you are an active participant in this modern-day slave trade. … [L]et us all stand up and fight for the freedom of animals in captivity. Let’s end slavery everywhere, anywhere, in all its forms, for all living beings.”
Elephant handlers with UniverSoul use bullhooks—weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp steel hook on one end—to force elephants to perform confusing and unnatural tricks under fear of punishment. Many cities, including Los Angeles and Richmond, Virginia, have passed bans that prohibit the use of bullhooks because of the pain they inflict on elephants.
Kaamil joins PETA in calling on UniverSoul to follow Ringling Bros.’ lead and agree to end the inhumane use of elephants in its performances.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.