After receiving no response to a peaceful protest at DC City Hall on Thurs. and repeated requests for comment from Mayor Gray, animal rights activists and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced a new series of protests against Ringling Bros. Circus cruelty in DC.
The Ringling Bros. Circus is coming to DC on March 21 for a series of performances featuring two crippled elephants named Karen and Nicole. There is, however, a law in DC that prohibits people from forcing animals to work when, like Karen and Nicole, they are not fit to work—and PETA is asking for the Mayor and citizens to help to ensure that this law is enforced.
Examiner reported that humane education activists from across the country rallied at DC City Hall on Thurs. to urge Mayor Gray to enforce DC cruelty-to-animals laws. They were joined by Ingrid Newkirk, the President of PETA and activists from as far away as Los Angeles, CA.
DC Public Schools (DCPS) Examiner called the Mayor's Office on Thurs. and Fri. for a comment. but the Mayor has not replied to Examiner.
PETA President Newkirk told Examiner that the fight to prevent circus cruelty in DC has been going on for years, and assured Examiner that activists are still fully committed to ending all cruelty to animals in the greater Metro area.
PETA's International Grassroots Campaigner Katie Arth flew in from Los Angeles to join the protest. She told Examiner that PETA will continue to peacefully protest the circus at the Verizon Center all week, if necessary—if Mayor Gray allows Ringling Bros. to perform and if they continue to violate DC's cruelty-to-animals law.
View the short video below, “Alec Baldwin Speaks Out for Circus Animals.”