PETA Will Urge Passersby to Avoid Cruel and Dangerous Show at All Costs
For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Columbia, S.C. – Armed with signs proclaiming, “UniverSoul: End Cruel Animal Acts Now,” a group of PETA supporters will descend on UniverSoul Circus’ opening-night performance in Columbia.
When: Wednesday, August 7, 6 p.m.
Where: At the intersection of Two Notch Road and Read Street (outside Charlie W. Johnson Stadium), Columbia
“Today’s public respects wildlife and has no interest in seeing miserable, abused animals performing stupid tricks,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA’s protesters are pushing UniverSoul to embrace an animal-free future before it follows Ringling Bros. out of business.”
A new eyewitness video taken last week in Hampton, Virginia, shows a camel being punched after apparently becoming spooked while being used for rides. Workers continued placing children on the distressed animal’s back, putting both them and the camel in danger.
Ringling Bros.—once the largest U.S. circus—shut down in 2017, citing the public’s changing attitude toward the use of animals in entertainment, as demonstrated by declining ticket sales. Kelly Miller Circus is now touring animal-free, and a growing number of states and cities across the country have banned traveling wild-animal acts.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.