Recently, while protesting a Shrine circus show with her mother, Natalie, in Pittsburgh, Karina saw trainers striking elephants with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks as they drove the animals into and out of the performance area. A friend of Natalie’s was able to capture the abuse on camera:
Natalie and her friend sent PETA the video and photos they had taken, and when we heard about little Karina, we knew that she would be the perfect spokesperson for our circus campaign. But you don’t have to take my word for it—see for yourself!
Because Karina has a big heart for animals, PETA Kids is giving her a Hero for Elephants Award.
Seriously, just look at this cutie.
Oh, and guess what? We used the evidence that Natalie and her friend gathered to file a complaint against Carson & Barnes, the exhibitor that supplied elephants to the Shrine circus, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Stay tuned for more on this story!