PETA doesn't want you rushing to the shops to pick up the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus game for the Wii on November 10 without considering elephant abuse.
I know you all had your heart set on purchasing Take-Two's Ringling Bros. circus game for the Wii next week, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are going to let you finish, but they suggest you first consider alleged abuses heaped by the staff of the world-famous circus on elephants and tigers every day. They've been investigating the circus for quite some time and feel that the truth might keep you from purchasing the game.
"During our investigation Ringling performed at new venues week after week, but its abuse of animals did not change. Our investigator captured workers on video as they beat and whipped elephants dozens of times in venues across the country. We also documented workers use sharp tools called bullhooks to jab and yank elephants by their sensitive skin. The abuses we filmed were captured backstage-hidden from public view-right before elephants were forced to walk onstage and perform. "
They've even got a video up on their website, showing Ringling Bros. employees smacking around elephants, which is pretty ballsy considering how daunting an angry elephant would be. Luckily for the handlers the elephants stay calm, barely registering the various slaps and taps they are given.
Slightly shocking, I suppose, but it probably won't keep people from buying the game. The fact that it's a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus game for the Nintendo Wii, on the other hand, will definitely stop people from buying it.