Jillian Michaels Plans Circus Protest

Jillian Michaels says, at the circus, elephants are the biggest losers -- and she plans to do something about it.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels is more than just a fitness guru and GoDaddy girl. The former trainer on The Biggest Loser is also an animal lover who is turning her passion into action and joining PETA to protest the Ringling Bros. circus.

Michaels and throngs of others are disgusted by the horrible treatment of elephants in the circus and they plan to protest today to bring attention to their plight.

"These animals should be allowed to live as nature intended -- free from beatings, chains and screaming crowds," said Michaels, who recently spent time in Africa to observe elephants in their natural habitat. "Their enslavement by the circus means they spend their lives in chains and stuffy train cars with no freedom to roam, and they suffer painful, fatal ailments that come from such a stressful existence."

Ringling Bros. has been at the center of the elephant controversy since receiving critical reports from elephant experts and a citation from the federal government that they are in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. PETA recently released undercover photos taken inside the Ringling training center showing baby elephants "stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for months in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment," according to the animal welfare group.

Elephants are thought to be one of the most highly intelligent animals on earth, exhibiting high-level behaviors such as grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, art, play, a sense of humor, use of tools, altruism, cooperation, compassion, self-awareness and their own language.

Jillian Michaels and PETA will be joined at the protest by members of In Defense of Animals, Last Chance for Animals and Animal Defenders International. If you are in the LA area and would like to join in and make your voice heard, the protest will take place outside the Staples Center where the circus is due to take place, at the corner of Figueroa and 11th and 12th Streets tonight, July 20, at 6 p.m.

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Comments on "Jillian Michaels says elephants are the biggest losers"

Cindy June 24, 2012 | 5:21 PM

I know this an old article, but I have to wonder what happened with Season 8 of The Biggest Loser when they promoted Riley's Bros. Maybe she didnt have much pull with this but I want to thing she helped to stop it.

M.L. October 03, 2011 | 8:52 PM

I agree with Harold. I wrote to her shortly after the GoDaddy CEO's video went viral, and he tried to defend his atrocious actions in Africa. I begged her to distance herself from the company that supports such an insensitive person. Like talking to myself, or the proverbial brick wall. Maybe this is how she plans to soothe her conscience (and keep accepting GoDaddy's paychecks).

Michelle July 24, 2011 | 9:39 AM

Why are people such idiots that they can't educate themselves or don't care to? These are endangered asian elephants, whose life span is cut short in captivity after years of abuse and what is tantamount to torture. Would you like to live your whole life in a jail cell being prodded and poked and hit with sticks while being made to perform unnatural acts for the sole purpose of another species enjoyment?

Harold Nakitov July 21, 2011 | 4:11 PM

So, what did she have to say about the CEO of Godaddy, who hunts elephants in Africa? She's okay with shooting them to death, as long as you pay her to promote your stuff, and as long as you do it in another country. What hypocrisy!

JT July 20, 2011 | 6:25 PM

No Kim - she wants people to do the right thing and not support operations that abuse animals and cause them unnecessary stress and ailments. There are 2 world renowned elephant sanctuaries in the U.S. to which these elephants could retire. She is asking the general public not to financially support Ringling Brothers and their extremely long history of animal abuse. This is not rocket science. Go to youtube, google and search the issue, you will be shocked at the severity and frequency of what you find. Kudos to you Jillian Michaels for using your visibility to provide a voice for these gentle giants and don't forget about the other animals in the circus who are also suffering.

kim July 20, 2011 | 4:31 PM

the biggest loser here, is HER. I will bet she wants all animals released to the wild, where they will die,of course. sheesh.

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