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CSI actress Jorja Fox to reveal shocking abuse of Texas circus elephants

- Austin TODAY

AUSTIN, TX (July 11, 2008)- Austin - Actress Jorja Fox will be speaking at a press conference in Austin today, to announce a new campaign to end the use of animals in circuses. Animal Defenders International (ADI) will screen a shocking new DVD featuring animal suffering in U.S. circuses. Some of the most savage violence exposed in the new DVD was inflicted on two elephants with Bailey Brothers Circus touring Texas - the elephants had been supplied to the circus by a facility in Cut and Shoot, Texas just three hours from the state capital. ADI say that horrific abuse of animals can be taking place right on people's doorsteps without them realising.

Later today, Jorja Fox will be handing over the reports and footage to city officials with a letter from ADI requesting a move for a city-wide ban on animal circuses, which will be followed by a drive for state wide action. A Spanish language version of the DVD and leaflets also aim to engage the Latin American communities in Texas in the campaign to end the suffering.

The campaign has also already gained other high profile supporters including Alicia Silverstone, Kristy McNichol, Anna Maria Horsford and Dan Piraro.

Where: Media by invitation - contact the ADI Press Office.

When: 10.30am Friday July 11th 2008

Following this preview screening of the new DVD in Austin a new national campaign to end the use of animals in travelling circuses will be launched in New York. The disturbing new DVD and scientific report will be sent to the U.S. Congress, as it raises new issues to be addressed politically that will see the campaign escalate in the coming months.

Austin was chosen for the preview because ADI worked undercover with Bailey Brothers Circus as it toured through Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and Missouri. The elephants they witnessed suffering horrific abuse were from a facility at Cut and Shoot, forty miles north of Houston. Their abuse included:

* A female elephant dragged to her knees and kicked in the face.

* Electric shocks being given to the elephants during training sessions, and also shocks to their stomachs when they were walking to the ring to perform.

* An elephant hit with a golf club.

* Elephants chained by the legs barely able to move.

ADI U.S. President Jan Creamer says: "The abuse captured by the field officers in our expose is truly shocking. In addition to the violence we have uncovered, it is time for the public and community leaders to accept that even with the best will in the world, it is not possible for circuses to adequately care for animals when they are living in temporary accommodation and moving location every week. We believe that the people of Austin, and indeed throughout Texas, will be absolutely horrified to learn that this cruelty in the name of entertainment took place right on their doorstep."

ADI are launching a major outreach campaign to Texas's Latin communities with Spanish versions of the campaign materials. Having recently achieved considerable success in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, and with offices in Lima and Bogota, ADI believes Latin communities represent a reservoir of compassionate supporters for animal causes who have not yet been mobilized. The Latin American communities are targeted by circuses and have not yet had the opportunity to find out the truth behind the circus shows.

For pre-booking interviews with Jorja Fox, or for a copy of the report, executive summary, the new DVD, broadcast rushes, print resolution photographs, please contact Meredith Turner at 212.255.8455 or Meredith@rosengrouppr.com  or Sarah Dickinson at 415.602.5128 or sarahdickinson@ad-international.org .

Wild animal acts should have stayed in Roman times say ADI as shocking new DVD is previewed at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=1353&ssi=10

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About Animal Defenders International:

Animal Defenders International exists to educate, create awareness and alleviate the suffering of animals and work to protect wildlife and the environment. ADI lobbies governments for measures to protect animals and the environment, and organises the rescue of animals in distress. We have rehomed circus lions, tigers, chimpanzees and other animals and placed in sanctuaries where we maintain them for life. Where appropriate, ADI assists authorities by providing evidence for prosecutions for animal cruelty. Currently ADI is working with governments in the UK, Peru and Colombia on legislative moves to end the use of animals in travelling circuses. At the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), ADI's campaign secured new rules for the cross border movements of endangered species with travelling animal exhibitions in 170 countries.

ADI US Inc is based in San Francisco.

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Wild animal acts should have stayed in Roman times - shocking new DVD is previewed at Caesars Palace

9 July 2008

Las Vegas -- To mark the Nevada launch of our Stop Circus Suffering USA campaign, ADI are holding a press conference at Juno Room in Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip. ADI are screening a shocking new DVD and discussing the findings of a new scientific report on the suffering of circus animals. ADI, which is running a number of successful campaigns in South America, is also undertaking a major push to reach America's Latin communities with materials, including the DVD, in Spanish and part of the press conference will be in Spanish.

The new Stop Circus Suffering DVD is a savage indictment of America's animal circuses and new footage from an ADI undercover investigation in the US includes:

An elephant dragged to her knees and kicked in the face.

Electric shocks being given to elephants during training sessions, and also shocks to their stomachs when they were walking to the ring to perform..

An elephant hit with a golf club.

A tiger cub smashed in the face and told to "behave"

Elephants chained by the legs barely able to move, tigers living in cages on the backs of lorries, horses and ponies tied on short ropes, monkeys in tiny cages.

ADI's Science on Suffering report, details the scientific evidence that supports the arguments against keeping animals in circuses and compares this to evidence from a pilot study of US animal circuses. The report will be delivered to Mayor Goodman, along with a letter from ADI asking for a city-wide circus ban.

The campaign already has several high profile supporters including Jorja Fox who will be joining ADI for a press conference in Austin, Texas on Friday, Alicia Silverstone, Kirsty McNicholl, Anna Maria Horsford, and Dan Piraro.

Click here for more information--http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=1349&ssi=10 )

Following a preview screening of the new DVD in Las Vegas a new national campaign to end the use of animals in traveling circuses will be launched in New York. The disturbing new DVD and scientific report will be sent to the U.S. congress, as it raises new issues to be addressed politically that will see the campaign escalate in the coming months. Las Vegas was chosen for the preview because it reflects the global shift from performing animals in entertainment to modern shows using human performers.

ADI U.S. President Jan Creamer says: "The abuse captured by the field officers in our expose is truly shocking. In addition to the violence we have uncovered, it is time for the public and community leaders to accept that even with the best will in the world, it is not possible for circuses to adequately care for animals when they are living in temporary accommodation and moving location every week. We have chosen Caesars Palace for this launch because it celebrates the past, but doesn't live in it. The wild animal circus began in Roman times and now it should be consigned to history."

Last year ADI rescued a male lion called Caesar from a circus in Portugal and took him to the ADI Rescue Centre in South Africa -- footage of this lucky Caesar will be shown at the press conference to show the wonderful life denied to the circus animals currently on the road in the USA.

Click here for more information...http://www.ad-international.org/animal_rescues/go.php?id=710&ssi=24

A major outreach campaign to Nevada's Latin communities will incorporate Spanish versions of the DVD and campaign materials. Having recently achieved success in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, and with offices in Lima and Bogota, ADI believes Latin communities represent a reservoir of compassionate supporters for animal causes who have not yet been mobilised. The Latin American communities are targeted by circuses and have not yet had the opportunity to find out the truth behind the circus shows.

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