Although their success in the U.S. is only just starting to grow, in many other parts of the world, the members of the German rock band Tokio Hotel are already bona fide superstars, with millions of albums sold worldwide. And with four number one singles and an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for Best New Artist under their belt, it won't be long before they take over America's airwaves. Of course, thanks to peta2, you'll be able to say that you knew about them first. Check out Tokio Hotel’s PSA to learn more and then take our pledge to
boycott circuses that use animals!
Speaking of the VMAs, Tokio Hotel first caught the attention of peta2 staffers and supporters after the band's red-carpet arrival at the awards show back in 2008. The group of heartthrobs demanded attention by rolling up to Paramount Studios in Hollywood while standing on top of a head-turning monster truck. It was a much-welcome alternative to T-Pain's tasteless entrance, which neither the members of Tokio Hotel nor peta2 were pleased about. Of T-Pain's arrival, the band's lead vocalist, Bill Kaulitz, said, "It was sheer cruelty—it was that." Tokio Hotel guitarist (and Bill's brother) Tom Kaulitz added, "I hate zoos and circuses. People shouldn't take their children to either one."
We couldn't agree more. Animals in circuses are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Taken from their mothers only a few weeks after birth, baby elephants are tied down, locked in chains, physically and mentally abused, and struck with sharp metal bullhooks, all so that they can be forced to perform unnatural and often painful tricks. Animals are not here for our entertainment and do not belong in cages or circus tents. The tragic loss of many animal and human lives in circuses has proven this point.
Take a stand against this injustice by sharing this information with your friends and pledging never to attend circuses that use animals.
Pledge to Boycott Circuses That Use Animals
Full Pledge Text:
Elephants and other animals in circuses are kept in chains for days on end, beaten with bullhooks, denied everything that is natural and important to them, and forced to endure a life of misery--all for the sake of a few meaningless tricks. By signing my name, I pledge never to attend a circus that uses animals.
Signed, [Your Name]