ST. LOUIS COUNTY Mo. (KMOX)- A local animal rights activist used coloring books instead of a bullhorn to spread her message in St. Louis County over the weekend.
Christina Tenti and friends passed out the PETA-designed books near the entrance to the old Jamestown Mall parking lot where the UniverSoul Circus was being held, “People already have their tickets. They’re going to the circus. Hopefully, when they get home and they have time, they can sit down as a family and look at the coloring pages. They can learn what it means for the elephants.”
Tenti’s mission is to get traveling circus operators to employ people, not animals, in their shows.
She says more than 30 governmental bodies across the country have banned wild animal use in performances, due to concerns over their care, “Some operators use bull hooks and tasers to train their animals. All of the tricks they’re forced to do are not natural and give them a lifetime of misery and arthritis.
The UniverSoul Circus website says it is not one of the inhumane types, “Over 19 years and more than 10,000 performances, none of our animal vendors have ever been cited for animal abuse while performing at the UniverSoul Circus.” It’s complete statement can be found near the bottom of this page.
This year’s final performance outside Jamestown Mall will be at 10:30am Monday.
“The UniverSoul Circus is committed to the proper treatment of animals. We strongly oppose any form of cruelty or mistreatment of animals, wild or domestic – and will not tolerate any mistreatment on our circus site. In over 19 years and more than 10,000 performances, none of our animal vendors have ever been cited for animal abuse while performing at the UniverSoul Circus. UniverSoul Circus understands and supports all efforts to monitor and regulate the treatment of animals. We work closely with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that our commitment to a high standard of animal care is upheld. Any and all animal acts that perform with the circus must be in compliance with federal, state and local authorities.The UniverSoul Circus will continue to deliver high quality, family friendly entertainment that brings joy, happiness and laughter to audiences around the world.”