by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Jillian Michaels, fitness expert and star of The Biggest Loser, has announced she will lead today’s protest in Los Angeles against circus giant Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Jillian tweeted the story in Look to the Stars today to her followers, saying “LA! Come join me!”

Ringling Bros. has a history of documented abuse and neglect of its animals, along with citations from the USDA.

“These animals should be allowed to live as nature intended—free from beatings, chains, and screaming crowds,” says Michaels, who recently visited Africa to see elephants in their natural habitat. “Their enslavement by the circus means they spend their lives in chains and stuffy train cars with no freedom to roam, and they suffer painful, fatal ailments that come from such a stressful existence.” 

Ringling Bros. will be in Los Angeles for a series of shows this week, the same week that the Animal Rights National Conference is there, bringing huge numbers of animal advocates and activists into town. The protest against the circus is being called “the biggest circus protest on Earth,” and the event page on Facebook shows 929 people have already responded as attending!

Organizations taking part in the protest include PETA, Animal Defenders International, In Defense of Animals, and Last Chance for Animals.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Harold Nakitov

    In the meantime, she is a spokesmodel for, whose CEO Bob Parsons hunts elephants in Africa. She’s okay with shooting them, just not keeping them, I suppose.

    • herwin

      seems like a paradox to me. ;-)
      but, urm, so in short, any person whose boss displays animal unfriendly behaviour, doesn’t have the right to protest against animal cruelty ? Because somebody in the line of command hunts elephants, she can’t protest against ringling without being hypocrit ? She should do…what ? And what is a spokesmodel ? Can you you give a link ?

  • Erin Elizabeth

    Harold , would love a link too. I didn’t realize she was a spokesmodel for godaddy elephant killers :((

  • pip

    “She should do…what?”

    If she really cares about elephants she should quit.

    • herwin

      thanks for the link ! didn’t have a clue what a “spokesmodel” was, but now i understand, and i agree with you.