LOCKPORT — PETA has sent a box of vegan brownies to the Lockport Township Park District for announcing that it won’t host animal circuses again after yesterday’s performance by the Kelly Miller Circus.
After learning from PETA and residents that Kelly Miller has a long history of contracting with abusive exhibitors for its animal acts, the park district’s executive director told PETA, “[We have] decided to go in a different direction … and may continue to have a circus in the future; however it will be without animals.”
Another important factor in its decision was the state’s recent ban on traveling elephant exhibitions, which will protect elephants from being forced to give rides and perform in circuses when it goes into effect next year.
“Lockport Township Park District’s commitment to animal-free entertainment is more proof that circuses with animals are fading into the history books,” PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews said in a news release. “PETA is calling on venues nationwide to follow the park district’s lead and cut ties with cruel exhibitors that profit from animal misery.”
The Lockport Township Park District joins more than 620 venues across the country in prohibiting archaic animal exhibits.
For information, visit PETA.org.