Former Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa is continuing her work with PETA. This time the model and former reality star is advocating for the British Government to introduce legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Joanna was bodypainted like a Tiger and stood outside of Parliament to try to bring attention to the issue. She shared “I’ve always loved and respected the importance the U.K. places on protecting animals—which is why I was so surprised to learn that wild-animal circuses are still allowed to tour in England and Wales. No animal should be forced to perform tricks for entertainment, and it’s time the British government put an end to this cruelty.”
Joanna has teamed up with PETA on several campaigns over the past few years. She helped PETA in her home country of Poland with stopping the use of animals in military training, she brought attention to the poor treatment of sheep, participated in the boycott of SeaWorld, spoke out about puppy mills, and more.
From the press release:
London — With the British Parliament back in session, model and reality star Joanna Krupa took time out of her busy schedule to pose bodypainted as a tiger outside Westminster in order to put pressure on the government to introduce a long-overdue bill banning the use of wild animals in traveling circuses.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to put a stop to these archaic animal acts by January 2015 but failed to do so, even though 94 percent of respondents to a government consultation—including the British Veterinary Association—demanded a complete and permanent ban.
Wild animals in circuses spend their lives confined to cages or trailers when they’re not being bullied into performing tricks. They commonly endure abuse and are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behavior. They also frequently display abnormal behavior and suffer from chronic health problems and psychological disorders—and many die prematurely.
PETA U.K.—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that by implementing the legislation, England and Wales would catch up with Austria, Belgium, Finland, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the many other countries that already protect wild animals from exploitation in a wholly inappropriate circus environment. Krupa joins Michael Sheen, Martin Freeman, and Pamela Anderson in teaming up with PETA U.K. or its affiliates to raise awareness of the plight of animals in circuses.
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