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December 7, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Madison, Wis. – On Friday, PETA protesters will rally exterior the Wisconsin Historic Society’s board assembly with indicators proclaiming, “Revamp Like Ringling: Cease Utilizing Animals,” and, through the public remark portion of the assembly, name on the board to comply with in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ footsteps by banning all live-animal acts. The Wisconsin Historic Society lately introduced that it will proceed forcing elephants to carry out in Circus World Museum’s summer season exhibits by the 2023 season and that different animals, together with llamas and horses, would all the time be a “very important half” of its acts.
When: Friday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.
The place: College of Wisconsin, Pyle Middle, 702 Langdon St., Madison
The actions comply with PETA’s discovery that two aged elephants, Isa and Viola, had been pressured to present rides seven days per week from Could 20 to August 28, carrying as many as 159 riders in a single day. A PETA investigation additionally revealed that Isa and Viola had been pressured to carry out grueling tips twice a day, seven days per week, within the museum’s 2021 summer season sequence, regardless of affected by chronically swollen toes and different signs of painful foot and joint issues.
“Cruelty is the star of the present at Circus World Museum, which plans to proceed forcing ailing elephants and different animals to carry out demeaning tips in entrance of noisy crowds,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is asking on the Wisconsin Historic Society to comply with in Ringling’s footsteps by banning archaic live-animal acts instantly and urges audiences to steer clear of Circus World Museum till it chooses kindness over cruelty.”
After the 2023 summer season exhibits, the elephants will return to Carson & Barnes Circus’ facility in Oklahoma, the place elephants are chained, bred, and exploited for photograph ops and different types of leisure. Carson & Barnes is listed as one in all PETA’s “Worst Circuses within the U.S.” and has been cited for greater than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. PETA additionally caught the circus’ head coach on video viciously attacking elephants with electrical prods and bullhooks (weapons that resemble a fire poker with a pointy hook on one finish), whereas instructing trainers to sink and twist the bullhooks into the animals’ flesh till they screamed in ache.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.