Woman to Shed Clothes, Bare ‘Scars’ in Omaha to Protest Circus Cruelty

PETA Beauty Will Expose All, Including Truth About Ringling’s Abuse of Animals

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Omaha – Wearing nothing but shackles and covered with “scars” from violent “beatings”—which are an everyday reality for animals in circuses—PETA member Kelsey Brennaman will protest in Omaha on Thursday against the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

When:   Thursday, May 16, 12 noon   

Where:  At the northwest corner of Howard and S. 11th streets, Omaha

“I’m here to expose what the circus is so desperate to hide from the public,” says Brennaman. “These animals have been beaten and deprived of their precious freedom for a lifetime of cheap tricks.”

PETA has released dozens of compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s Florida training center. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment.

In late 2011, Ringling paid the largest fine in circus history—$270,000—for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently investigating Ringling for further violations of the AWA.

For more information, please visit PETA’s website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.

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