P!nk, Olivia Munn & PETA Help Save Ailing Ringling Bros. Elephant
November 29th, 2011 9:05am EST
P!nk and Olivia Munn have been named among the celebrities who have helped animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) win one of their biggest victories.
Thanks to a star-studded awareness campaign about the Ringling Bros. circus' alleged animal welfare violations, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have seized an ailing elephant from the organization and now plan to fine the family company $270,000.
It's the biggest fine in circus history.
A spokesperson for PETA tells WENN, "This victory is thanks in large part to support from Olivia Munn and other celebrities, including P!nk and comedians Sarah Silverman and Cloris Leachman, who have spoken up for animals used by circuses.
"PETA's complaints against Ringling Bros. with regard to crippled elephants, the death of a baby elephant, the beating of other elephants, and the killing of a lion, going back several years, have resulted in the biggest fine in circus history.
"The government has taken a first step, and now it must confiscate the elephants. What remains to be done is for the public to be made aware of this history of abuse so that people will know to keep their children away from the circus."
Photo Credits: PR Photos; PETA