FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
March 6, 2009
ACTIVITY BOOKS DONATED TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NJ, NY, PA & CT
AHS/Popcorn Park Alerts Circus-Goers to Elephants’ Cruel Living Conditions
TO MANY, NOTHING BEATS THE THRILL of the circus. But to circus elephants living life under the big top can be a cruel existence, far removed from the life these pachyderms should live.
That’s why, just in time for the region’s circus season, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park is embarking on a campaign to make the public aware of the cruelties faced by circus elephants.
“Each year, hundreds of elephants are forced to spend their lives traveling from city to city in nasty conditions so that circus goers can be entertained for a few moments and circus owners can make a profit,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, AHS/Popcorn Park. “If people were more aware of the unsavory conditions these animals faced, perhaps they would reconsider their trip to the circus or patronize one of the many humane circuses that do not use animal acts.”
As part of its awareness campaign, AHS is sending a free copy of “Meant to be Free: The Sad Story of the Circus Elephant” to every public library in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut with an offer for these organizations to purchase more of the activity books at a discounted cost of $2 each.
Published in cooperation with The Elephant Alliance, this important 20 page coloring book helps youngsters understand the cruelty and abuse that is heaped on innocent elephants behind the scenes at every circus. Children can gain new insight on this wonderful animal plus learn how to help them. The book contains a comprehensive list of 27 circuses that do not use animal acts, and ways that kids can take action.
Also included is the true story of Sonny the Elephant who was taken from his family as a baby in Africa and shipped from zoo to zoo until he came to live in peace at Popcorn Park. Individuals can purchase “Meant to Be Free” by sending $3 per copy to Associated Humane Societies, 124 Evergreen Ave., Newark, NJ 07114-2133 or by purchasing them here online. Schools or large groups can purchase the books in larger quantities for $2 each.