Corona, Ca: Corona Bars Ramos Bros; Illegal Circus Exhibit

City Shuts Down Animal Display After Hearing From PETA

Corona Assistant Planner Sandra Yang informed PETA today that an animal exhibit by the Ramos Bros. Circus will be shut down immediately because it violates a city ordinance prohibiting the display of wild or exotic animals. According to reports received by PETA, the circus was displaying at least two zebras, who are specifically mentioned in the ordinance. The ordinance bars the "display … of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement in the city." The city made the decision to terminate the exhibit after a call from PETA Foundation attorney Maria Beckman, which informed the city that the display was in direct violation of the ordinance.

"PETA is pleased that the city of Corona has moved against the cruel Ramos Bros. Circus by enforcing its landmark ordinance banning the display of wild and exotic animals," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "PETA strongly encourages other cities to follow Corona's example by putting circuses on notice that confining and displaying animals as though they were inanimate objects will not be tolerated."

Ramos Bros. Circus has been the subject of numerous complaints recently filed with PETA, including that heavily scarred animals were confined to cramped, filthy enclosures and left without access to water or shade. The circus has also been repeatedly cited for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

PETA's correspondence with the city of Corona is available upon request.