Why Is Delia's Supporting Ringling Bros?

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Posted August 27, 2009 by Marta Holmberg

I used to be all about Delia’s. Last summer, some peta2 staffers and I went to Richmond for the day, and we most definitely made sure to stop by the Delia’s store, which is why I’m all the more disappointed that the clothing company is selling a Ringling Bros. tee that proclaims the animal-abusing circus to be “the greatest show on Earth.”

PETA contacted Delia’s CEO to let him know that Ringling beats animals, separates mother elephants from their babies, and chains elephants for up to 100 hours at a time—and even sent a link to our new undercover investigation, but Delia’s continues to sell the Ringling tees. In case you haven’t seen the investigation yet, check it out:

It just isn’t right that Delia’s is selling a tee that promotes such blatant cruelty to animals. I mean seriously—these T-shirts are basically allowing customers to be walking billboards for beating elephants.

Please click here to contact Delia’s CEO to ask him to watch our investigation and to stop all sales of Delia’s Ringling tee immediately. Do it for those who have no voice—especially Tonka, Luna, and Ringling’s other elephants.

Let’s make sure Delia’s knows that no one is OK with Ringling beating animals!


P.S. If you want to sport a circus tee with quite a different message—check this out.



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  • 2269 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Why? Why is hitting them necessary? They’re just standing there, not doing anything, about to make them a lot of money! Does it make them feel like big men? Able to hit defensless animals? What evil jerks!

  • 2274 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I do not think most people are aware of Ringling’s animal abuse. So, I would not call it “blatant” support. I would like to think that they just did not know what was going on. :(

  • 2280 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Hopefully they just had no idea what’s going on. =

  • 2282 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I think it’s horrible that Delia’s would blatantly support beating animals. They just put one in the mall in my town, and I thought it would be cool at first, but now I refuse to shop there until Delia’s removes the shirts from the sales racks.

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