The smell of popcorn, freshly spun cotton candy, little people packed tightly in tiny cars – no this isn’t a PTA event at Michael Jackson’s house, this my friends is the CIRCUS! (Insert ominous music here.) But what lies beyond the sugary snacks and dolled up elephants that make up most animal-based circuses?  If you belong to Animal Defenders International you know the truth and you’re totally pissed. 

That is why ADI is launching a new campaign against the use of animals in circuses.  As part of the initiative the organization will be screening exclusive and dramatic footage from inside nine of America’s most renowned animal circuses that graphically reveal the suffering and abuse these animals are forced to endure.

To do her part, Jorja Fox, star of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, will hand deliver the controversial footage to city officials at Austin’s City Hall along with ADI’s Science on Suffering report, which details the scientific evidence that supports the arguments against keeping animals in circuses. 

Jorja Fox (who’s a total badass I might add) isn’t the only famous face getting on board. The campaign has already gained support from Alicia SilverstoneKristy McNicholAnna Maria Horsford and Dan Piraro.

Basically what I’m trying to say is: Barnum and Bailey you better watch your asses! To find out more about how why circuses that use animals are going to hell, visit ad-international.org