For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2015
Catie Cryar 202-483-7382
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk released a statement in response to the rejection of PETA’s offer to help fund the restoration of Lucy the Elephant:
PETA’s offer would have gone a little way toward helping fund much-needed renovations of this historic tourist attraction while educating visitors about the plight of Lucy’s sisters in circuses, where elephants are chained and beaten into performing. PETA’s Ella the Elephant statue in Washington, D.C., is hugely popular with passersby, including children, who see Ella’s tearful face and understand that circuses like Ringling Bros. are no fun for animals.