Actor Pablo Azar Shuns Circus Cruelty

Starring on hit telenovelas such as El Talismán and Aurora, Mexican actor Pablo Azar knows plenty about playing good guys and bad guys. When he’s not saving lives as an ex-cop on his latest hit telenovela, Corazón Valiente, Pablo is using his fearless heart to defend animals who are violently beaten in circuses and killed in bullfighting rings.

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In his brand-new ad for PETA Latino, Pablo is shackled with heavy chains to show how elephants used by circuses spend their entire miserable lives when they aren’t performing. Torn away from their mothers while they are babies, elephants used in circuses such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey begin violent and painful training sessions in order to break their spirits and force them to learn ridiculous tricks for performances under the constant threat of physical punishment. Elephants—who would naturally roam up to 30 miles a day in their natural habitat—are forced into a life of misery, consisting of nothing more than confusing tricks, beatings, loneliness, and confinement.

In addition to speaking up for animals used in circuses, Pablo urges people never to attend bullfights. The Mexico City native is against the violent spectacle in which, prior to the fight, the bulls are often weakened by beatings with sandbags, are debilitated with laxatives, are drugged, have their horns shaved to hinder their navigation, or have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to impair their ability to judge distance. In the ring, the animals are taunted, maimed, and physically debilitated until the matador is called in to stab the exhausted bulls to death. The bloody “sport” has already been banned in Barcelona, Spain, and nationwide in such countries as Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panamá.

In an exclusive video, Pablo talks about his love for animals and why he chose to team up with PETA to bring attention to this important message. “We have to understand and … let people know that animals are not here for our entertainment,” says Pablo. “They are here to share the world with us.”

No animal deserves to be abused or killed for “entertainment.” Join Pablo by never attending circuses that use animals and by fighting to relegate cruel bullfights to history books.