PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Tonight the big top opens up at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and it will be greeted by members of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA is standing against the use of animals for entertainment, they say it’s not only harmful to the animal, but to the audience as well.
PETA Spokesperson Katie Arth says animals in circuses are often abused by their trainers — and although it may not be taking place during the performance, it is behind the scenes during training.
Arth continued, saying that the animals are made to perform using fear and intimidation techniques. She claims methods like bull-hooks electric prods and whips are used to make the animal perform.
Arth cites an example where some elephants escaped in St. Louis, saying that even though there wasn’t a threat to the animals, loud noises and shouting alone was enough to bother them. She says it’s a perfect example of why they shouldn’t be made to perform.
“This is what the circus objects these animals too, elephants naturally in the wild would walk up to 30 miles a day through spaces where they’re not surrounded by bright lights and loud sounds,” said Arth. “And these animals ran out of being frightened by a sound and this isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened.”