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August 5, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Atlanta – This afternoon, Yaarab Shrine’s Potentate Robert Hampton and different members received a shock through the closing celebration of the shrine’s annual circus season when PETA supporters disrupted the occasion by shouting, “Finish animal circus acts now! Cease abusing animals!” and unveiled indicators that learn, “Elephants Overwhelmed and Chained for Shrine Circuses.” Shriners surrounded the peaceable protesters, grabbed them, and pushed them—though they have been continuing to go away as requested. Shriner thugs then blocked the protesters’ automotive, stopping their departure till police arrived and allowed them to go away. Pictures and video footage of the disruption can be found right here.
The Yaarab Shrine Circus is without doubt one of the final remaining circus reveals that also use wild animals who’re confined to small crates, saved in shackles, and disadvantaged of any semblance of a pure life. It has partnered with notoriously merciless exhibitors, together with Carson & Barnes Circus, which has been cited for greater than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and whose head coach was caught on video attacking elephants with bullhooks—weapons resembling a hearth poker with a pointy hook on one finish.
“PETA is decided to see the day when the Shriners agree that elephants are to be revered, not chained, crushed, or compelled to carry out in circus reveals which can be merciless and outdated,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We’re upping the ante in urging Yaarab Shrine to cease selling big-time cruelty below the massive high.”
On Monday, Yaarab Shrine will host a celebration for members with summer season birthdays—together with Hampton—and to mark the event, PETA supporters in poop costumes will make a stink exterior and ship a cake that reads, “Robert Hampton, Cease Treating Animals Like Crap.” The back-to-back occasion disruptions are an escalation of efforts to steer Shriners to chop the cruelty from all chapters’ circuses, following Moolah Shrine’s announcement that it dropped elephant acts.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.