PETA’S ‘ INJURED ELEPHANT’ TO CONFRONT POTENTIAL CIRCUS GOERS IN WORCESTER!
What: An “injured elephant” will lead PETA protesters on Wednesday as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares for its opening show in Worcester. The protesters will display signs that read, “This Is Ringling Baby-Elephant Training,” alongside banners emblazoned with compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s training center. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bull hooks, 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. Actor Alec Baldwin recently narrated avideo exposé that focuses on how circuses abuse elephants.
“Worcester residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “Since children love animals, the last place that parents and grandparents should take them to is the circus.”
Late last year, Ringling Bros. paid the largest fine in circus history—$270,000—for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Where: DCU Center, at the intersection of Major Taylor Boulevard and Foster Street, Worcester
When: Wednesday, October 3, 12 noon
For more info, call or email, David Perle at 202-483-7382, extension 2194, orDavidP@peta.org.
For more information, please visit PETA’s website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.