An animal-rights activist painted her nude body to look like a tiger as a part of a protest Tuesday against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jabeen Akhtar also placed herself in a cage in downtown Charlotte, N.C., bearing banners that proclaimed, “Wild Animals Don’t Belong Behind Bars.”The protest was a production of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges trainers use metal bullhooks, whips, muzzles, and electric prods in order to get wild animals to perform stressful and often painful acts.
“This cruelty, these beatings are what the circus is desperate to hide from the public,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These animals are not volunteers. They have been deprived of their precious freedom and beaten for a lifetime of cheap tricks.”
Now, I’m all for treating animals humanely, but we must remember that God made animals separate from humans in that we have a soul. There are people dying in foreign contries and babies that are being murdered every day from abortions, and these things are so much bigger than what kinds of instruments are being used to control animals or to train them for amusement. Let’s get our priorities straight, and maybe show as much passion for lost souls and dying people as this woman shows to save some animal who, if she met it in the wild, would consider her a tasty snack.