Kate del Castillo: Secrets Behind the Most Painful Show on Earth

One of Mexico’s most beloved actors and one of the most recognized faces in cinema has joined forces with PETA Latino once again:

Her commanding presence, both in person and on stage, along with her charisma, beauty, compassion, and enormous talent, have led her to become one of the most respected actors in film and television worldwide. We have admired all of her work, from her recurring role as a Mexican crime boss on Showtime’s Weeds to her starring roles in telenovelas such as La Reina del Sur, in which she plays a drug trafficker. She’s also been in many films, including American Visa, Bordertown, Under the Same Moon, and the much anticipated A Miracle in Spanish Harlem.

Kate says: “Animals deserve better than this sad, lonely, dismal life. They deserve the opportunity to be free—to live as nature intended, not as slaves for our entertainment. Please do not support cruelty to animals by taking your family to a circus. Children learn more about animals from educational videos that show them in their natural environment. Let’s teach this generation and generations to come that kindness is a virtue and should be extended to all living creatures.”

Don’t Go to Circuses

As Kate knows, in circuses, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Circuses break the spirits of elephants when they’re vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don’t know about the violent training sessions that elephants must endure, which involve ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods. Heartbreaking photos reveal that trainers at circuses such as Ringling Bros. (www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com) cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it’s not through a reward system, as they claim. After being abused day after day during training, animals endure constant travel, confined to boxcars or trailers for days at a time in extremely hot and cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as water and veterinary care. Elephants, big cats, and other animals are confined to cramped and filthy cages in which they eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate—all in the same place.

How You Can Help

Please follow Kate’s lead and help put an end to the suffering of animals used in the entertainment industry: Boycott the circus by refusing to attend circuses that exploit animals and supporting only circuses that employ only human performers.