Written by Michelle Kretzer
A lot has been
happening this week at PETA: victories, anniversaries, and celebrations! We're
after CareerBuilder, we stopped shipments of monkeys to laboratories, and we've
done much more! Check out the latest news and victories:
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anyone ever told you that ending animal abuse is your middle name? Meet a man
for whom fighting cruelty is his first, middle, and last name. PETA Foundation staffer Dan Carron has legally
changed his name to CircusesHurtAnimals.com. As
he admired his new driver's license, we asked him what he thinks life will be
like as a website.
Whose reaction are you most looking
forward to? Perhaps restaurant hosts who call out, "CircusesHurtAnimals.com,
party of four"?What a great
reason to eat out more! Yes, I think
daily run-ins with people will be the most interesting. I use a debit card a
lot, so I will be signing CircusesHurtAnimals.com for people constantly.
What does your mom think about your name
mom always encouraged me to speak out against all forms of cruelty, and when
she learned about the abuse
involved with circuses, she was happy to have a
son named CircusesHurtAnimals.com—although she
still calls me Danny.
Do you think that you will get much bigger birthday
was part of the plan!
What is your ultimate goal with changing
want to use every chance I get to tell people why they should boycott circuses
that use animals. After people have visited CircusesHurtAnimals.com and have seen the elephants
chained for up to 100 straight hours and have seen the baby elephants who were torn
away from their families and beaten
bloody with bullhooks, I think they will stop
supporting this abuse.
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It sounds like a bit from a Jeff Foxworthy routine, but
unfortunately, these rednecks aren't kidding: The Piccadilly Circus is hauling
around a diapered kangaroo named Rocky and forcing him to "fight" in
boxing matches. PETA has asked officials in
Pueblo, Colorado, the circus's next stop, to enforce an ordinance that
prohibits animals from being mistreated or abused and to stop the show from
taking place. Regardless of where you live, please let Pueblo
officials know that you expect them to pull the plug on this cruel
Rocky is clearly stressed
and has charged people during photo shoots and chewed on his own arm, and
although restrained, he has attempted to flee the ring during the act. Javier Martinez,
the exhibitor responsible for this spectacle, has been cited by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for failing
to handle a kangaroo in a manner that does not cause trauma, behavioral stress,
physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort while in Pueblo in violation of
the Animal Welfare Act.
At least two
kangaroos used in Martinez's "boxing" act have died while touring
with a circus, including one who died
from complications of a deadly bacterial disease called "lumpy jaw,"
which can result from severe crowding, poor hygiene, poor diet, and stressful
Put the pressure on Pueblo officials by sending them an e-mail today and urging
them to KO the kangaroo boxing act.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Demonstrators at yesterday's protest of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' opening night in Denver ranged in age from a 3-year-old girl to senior citizens, and every one of the more than 60 attendees played a vital role in helping to expose the circus's abuse of animals.
The protesters engaged many potential circusgoers in meaningful conversations about how Ringling's trainers beat elephants. At least one couple decided right then and there not to attend the circus. And even if the circusgoers could ignore the adults, they couldn't say "No" to the adorable children handing out literature.
Whether you're a veteran animal advocate or first-time protester, an AARP member or in the pre-K set, it is never the wrong time to speak out against cruelty to animals. Contact PETA's Action Team to learn how you can start getting active for animals today.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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
UPDATE: Last week, Doug Terranova resigned from his position as zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo citing "issues in his business and personal life". Let's hope he stays far, far away from any animals.
An exotic-animal trainer's days of abusing exotic animals may be coming to an end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just heard the complaints against Doug Terranova, who has trained and provided elephants, big cats, primates, camels, and other animals for commercial use by circuses and television shows.
In 2009, PETA filed a complaint with the USDA after Kamba, an elephant in Terranova's care, escaped while on loan to a traveling circus and was struck by a sport utility vehicle on a highway outside the circus arena. It was at least the second time that Kamba had escaped and run amok.
PETA requested that Kamba be confiscated, and she was later taken to the Dallas Zoo for rehabilitation. The zoo subsequently purchased Kamba and Congo, another elephant previously in Terranova's care. Terranova was hired as a keeper at the zoo, although his employment status may change depending on the outcome of the hearing. The USDA could impose fines or restrict Terranova's license to exhibit animals. We'll keep you posted.
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Written by Karin Bennett
Tokio Hotel has no reservations about speaking out against animal abuse in circuses. Just check out PETA Germany's edgy new "Stop Circus Cruelty" ad featuring Bill and Tom Kaulitz, the talented vegetarian twins behind this überpopular German rock band:
Ah, what wunderbar boys! That's German for "wonderful." Now here's the part where you can do something wunderbar for elephants who are beaten with metal-tipped bullhooks and tigers who are forced to tremble before trainers with whips. Please watch and share our undercover Ringling investigation and then take action to help ailing elephants. Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrives this week in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was once the circus's headquarters. P.T. Barnum called the city home and even served as its mayor, and the city now features a Barnum museum. But the local paper hopes that animal acts will soon be relegated to Ringling history.
The Connecticut Post has published an editorial calling for an end to the use of animals in circuses. Says the Post, "[C]haining these animals up, wresting them from their families, parading them through the streets, and forcing them to perform for our amusement is, at the least, inhumane. A better word would be 'cruel.'"
The editorial praises PETA's campaigns against Ringling, stating, "PETA has been known through the years for outrageousness in their demonstrations against animal cruelty …. This time, there's nothing over the top about their tactics. Representatives are simply touring the nation, displaying incontrovertible evidence of how elephants are broken and 'trained.'"
Please thank the Connecticut Post for speaking up for animals, and then urge federal officials to seize the elephants Ringling hauls around the country in boxcars and forces to perform under threat of punishment.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Adult film star Joanna Angel has taken time out of producing, writing, acting, and directing to conduct a PETA interview about the injustice of forcing animals to do tricks in circuses. In the interview, Joanna points out that chained elephants, whipped tigers, and stressed-out horses don't perform because they want to—they do it because they know that they'll be beaten if they don't.
Joanna believes that only willing participants should be involved in the entertainment industry. This angel for animals also talks about the importance of adopting from animal shelters, the wonderful selection of vegetarian foods available, and "a lot of little things you could be doing" to help animals.
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