Written by PETA
to the generosity of fantastic PETA supporter and activist, Anna Ware, PETA has been able to put billboards
up across Augusta, Georgia—ahead of the arrival of the notoriously cruel Cole Bros. Circus to
that city—making sure that residents know that elephants used in circuses endure
a lifetime of abuse and neglect and that "Elephants Never Forget."
Animal advocates will also protest outside circus performances in Augusta, and PETA members will greet students leaving Augusta's Monte Sano Elementary School to let families know about the Cole Bros. Circus' cruel treatment of animals. Cole Bros. was repeatedly charged with violations after authorities found evidence that animals used by the circus were beaten, malnourished, overworked, and neglected. And in June, an elephant handler working with the circus was caught on video viciously beating an elephant. If a circus that uses animals is scheduled to come to your town, don't take it lying down—stand up and give animal abusers an experience that they won't soon forget. Find out how to get active for animals here.
Written by Jeff Mackey
We're always super chuffed to hear what our supporters are doing to help animals (hey, we can't do it all ourselves!), so please, let us brag on one of our star members:
It was next to the last minute, when Anna Ware—a member of both PETA's Executive Committee and our Vanguard Society—discovered that the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus would be arriving in her community. Undeterred, she pulled together a great demonstration in less than 24 hours. Calling her friends to call their friends and calling us to call everyone we know, she let circus attendees know that they'd best turn around or they would be contributing to the suffering of animals. Anna went to Kinko's and printed out posters that detailed how camels and other animals are denied basic comforts such as shade and water, and she and the other demonstrators educated anyone within earshot:
No matter which circus may be coming to your town—or how last-minute it may be—you can follow Anna's example and put together an effective demonstration on the fly. For more ideas about how you can speak out for animals, check this out!
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.