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WATCH: TLC's Chilli Says 'Boycott the Circus'

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have a new ad campaign raising awareness about the cruelty that goes on behind the glitz and glitter of the circus. Starring in the new ad is R&B girl-group TLC’s Chilli.

Like many people, Chilli went to the circus when she was a child. When she learned about what really goes on behind the scenes, she knew she had to do something to help these animals.

“There’s so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is something that a lot of people don’t get to see. [Trainers] are being mean [to the animals] to make them do this trick that [the audience] sees and everyone thinks [the animal] wants to do it,” Chilli says in the PETA ad video. “And I think that everyone needs to be aware of what’s really going on.”

PETA have uncovered, time and time again, horrible conditions and many cases of animal neglect and abuse happening in circuses. The animals are often starved or mistreated by trainers in order to learn new tricks. They are stuck traveling in hot, cramped, filthy boxcars for most of the year, only being released for showtime.

“I know for a fact,” says Chilli, “that I would never want to live in a cage or anything like that!”

If you, like Chilli, empathize with these animals and want to see them taken out of the entertainment business, learn more on PETA.org and sign their pledge to never visit a circus that exploits animals!

Photo credit: PETA.org

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