HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Alec Baldwin, PETA ask Americans to boycott circuses with animals

By Geoff Herbert, Syracuse.com

1429 days ago   Article ID# 1505050
Original URL

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (Syracuse.com) - Alec Baldwin is throwing himself in the midst of controversy again -- this time on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The "30 Rock" star appears in a new four-minute video on PETA's website asking Americans to boycott circuses over what he alleges is poor treatment of elephants.

"Having worked with actors for many years, it's hard to believe that anyone would have to be dragged kicking and screaming into show business," Baldwin says. "But for the elephants for Ringling Bros. and other circuses, that's exactly what happens."

The Emmy-winning actor refers to a 2009 multi-state investigation by PETA, which the New York Daily News says includes video footage of animal handlers beating elephants with metal-tipped bull hooks "just moments before they walked onstage."

Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, agreed to pay a $270,000 fine last November for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). MSNBC reports Feld never admitted to wrongdoing, but did agree to pay the fine and develop animal handling training for employees.

PETA's video claims baby elephants are torn away from their families in the wild and violently trained with a bull hook in order to break their spirits and urge them to perform.

"Circuses deny animals everything that is natural and important to them," Baldwin pleads in the video. "Every basic instinct is met with punishment. As long as circuses continue to use elephants, these intelligent beings will continue to experience enormous suffering. Please, never attend a circus that uses animals."

Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, refuted PETA and Baldwin's claims in an editorial for the Baltimore Sun:

"All of our animals are trained using a system of repetition and reward. Elephants and horses are transported in custom-built, specially designed railway cars. As a result, the health and vitality of our animals is something we can showcase at each and every Ringling Bros. performance.

"We invite families everywhere to come and see for themselves how all the animals are thriving at 'The Greatest Show On Earth.'"

According to the New York Daily News, the drive to stop using wild animals in circuses has accelerated around the world. Britain has already banned the use of elephants and may also block tigers, zebras and camels as more celebrities, such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Olivia Munn and Ashley Judd, have also spoken out against animal mistreatment.

"The Greatest Show on Earth" is currently on tour, performing in the greater New York City area this month and then scheduled to stop in Albany and Rochester later this year.

Copyright 2016 Syracuse.com   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1429 days ago   Article ID# 1505050

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals News

Congress requires NIH to rethink primate experiments

25 hours ago From peta.org 

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - ...

Victory! Genesco confirms end of Angora sales

3 days ago From peta.org 

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - ...

Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos

5 days ago From edition.cnn.com 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - ...

Retiring circus elephants make final stop in Raleigh

8 days ago From wncn.com 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

Gillian Anderson and Pink speak up for horses as NYC carriage vote looms

9 days ago From peta.org 

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Celebrity News

Action Center

Climate change fuels bushfire fears

Action: Climate Change

Expect longer and more severe bushfire seasons due to climate change caused by carbon and other greenhouse gas pollution.

Stop cruel gassing of Texas wildlife

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Texas state officials are considering a ban on "gassing," a barbarous hunting technique used to drive snakes out of their und ...

Save Alaska's ancient trees

Action: Stop Deforestation

Anyone who's spent time in an old-growth forest knows what it means to stand in awe -- of time and mass on another scale, lif ...

Air pollution raises risk of death 'for decades after exposure'

Action: Stop Pollution

Air pollution raises the risk of death for many decades after exposure, according to the longest-running study to date.
...

Rising ocean pollution levels are making fish drunk

Action: Save Our Oceans

We just learned that there may be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050, but a new report shows the planet’s s ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.