By Tim Saunders on
Hot on the heels of a PETA undercover investigation that exposed how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses beat their elephants, Kyra has urged Bloomberg to make this summer the last time that Ringling Bros. is invited to perform in Coney Island.
“I was extremely disheartened when I learned from my friends at PETA that Ringling Bros. received your support to bring its circus to Coney Island,” she wrote. “Ringling’s lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect and its pending federal trial alleging that the circus’s routine abuse of elephants with bullhooks and chains violates the Endangered Species Act are reasons enough for New York City to distance itself from the circus. Can I please have your assurance that this will be the last time that Ringling is invited to perform in Coney Island?”
PETA recently released a video showing the elephants being beaten.
“Elephants are complex animals who require a great deal of space and humane handling to ensure that their social, physical, and psychological needs are met. Using bullhooks and keeping elephants chained is immensely cruel. Please do your part as New York’s mayor to minimize the misery that these gentle giants are enduring this summer in Coney Island. There is no room for animal cruelty at this wonderful landmark.”
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.
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