The La Reina del Sur star debuted the video — which reveals how circuses chain elephants and cage tigers for hours on end and whip, beat, and shock them in order to force them to perform — in front of Miami’s Stephen P. Clark Government Center this week, one day before the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
“Animals deserve better than this sad, lonely, dismal life,” says del Castillo in the video. “They deserve the opportunity to be free—to live as nature intended, not as slaves for our entertainment. Please do not support cruelty to animals by taking your family to a circus.”
In Miami, del Castillo also answered questions about the letter she sent on PETA’s behalf to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez calling on him to enforce Florida’s law against forcing crippled animals to perform, when Ringling starts its performances at AmericanAirlines Arena. As she points out in her letter, Ringling Bros. routinely forces elephants suffering from painful arthritis and lameness to perform.
“Florida has the strongest, clearest law in the country against exhibiting crippled animals, which gives officials the ability to intervene in situations such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ infamous use of ailing elephants,” she writes. “I urge you to ensure that this law is enforced during Ringling’s stay in the city.”
Del Castillo is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Wilmer Valderrama, Chilli of TLC, and Pablo Azar — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use animals.
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