Ronkonkoma, N.Y. — After hearing from PETA about the cruel treatment of animals exploited in circuses—where it’s standard practice to beat, shock, chain, and whip elephants, tigers, and other animals so as to intimidate them into performing confusing, uncomfortable, and even painful tricks—Dukal Corporation will stop producing bandages that feature images of animals in circus shows. In thanks, PETA is sending the company vegan chocolates.
“As circuses with animals disappear so should the exploitative imagery, and PETA praises Dukal Corporation for no longer putting artwork of animals in circuses on its bandages,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to embrace today’s cruelty-free entertainment that showcases talented humans and never deprives animals of all that’s precious to them, including their freedom.”
Dukal’s decision follows that of other major companies prompted by PETA to drop cruel circus imagery, including Trader Joe’s and Nabisco.
PETA points out that in addition to inflicting painful abuse in order to exert control by domination, circuses tear baby animals away from their mothers, lock animals in cages, chain them, and cart them from city to city as if they were unfeeling equipment. The group asks everyone to support animal-free circuses and to call on Shriners International to follow the lead of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has announced its plans to use only willing human participants when it returns to the big top.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Banner Image: Circus Animal Bandages. Image Credit – Dukal Corporation