PETA intent on ruining the circus for all children on Long Island

Posted on Tue Mar 17 2009

PETA is no stranger to taking on brands and alleging animal abuse. However, the organization has taken its protests to a new level by showing up at Long Island elementary schools uninvited. Dressed as an elephant, one protester handed out coloring books and stickers that read: "Circuses are no fun for animals." The stunt protested Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's debut this Wednesday at the nearby Nassau Coliseum. At the same time, Ringling Bros. was visiting other schools to promote fitness and give away tickets to the show, which opens with a magician making a four-ton elephant disappear. A PETA spokesperson tells Newsday that kids "deserve to know that elephants don't naturally stand on their heads and bears don't ride bicycles." (The video here is actor Wilmer Valderrama's anti-circus PSA for PETA.) What's next, a series with volunteers dressed as giant bunnies protesting Easter?

—Posted by Kenneth Hein



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