TLC group member Chilli has joined a growing list of celebrities who have been called on to use their status to bring attention to cruelty to animals through PETA. The organization’s latest campaign pulls away from urging its audience to stop consuming meat products to staying away from the circus.
Chilli explained in an exclusive PETA interview: “There’s so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is a something that a lot of people don’t get to see. They’re being mean to them to make them do this trick .… And I think that everybody needs to be aware of what’s really going on.”
She added: “If you can raise awareness to something that’s important, such as this, then you should,” she says. “Because I know for a fact that I would never want to be in a cage.”
PETA said in its release: “Circuses deprive tigers of everything that is natural and important to them, including interacting with their families, foraging and hunting for food, and roaming for miles. Tigers used by circuses are locked in small cages and warehoused in traveling boxcars, where they are exposed to extreme heat and freezing-cold weather. These unnatural and stressful conditions lead tigers and other big cats to become ill, despondent, and increasingly agitated, endangering other animals, circus workers, and attendees.”