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PETA Sending Controversial Model to Jonesboro to Protest Upcoming Circus

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AUGUST 18, 2004 - Posted at 2:50 p.m. CDT


JONESBORO, AR - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will send model Brandi Valladolid to Jonesboro next week.

Valladolid is to hold a live re-enactment of a PETA billboard featuring Australian supermodel Imogen Bailey that was banned in cities across the country.  According to a PETA news release, an activist wearing nothing but shackles and covered in "scars" and "bruises" as a result of violent "beatings" will crouch in a cage to illustrate animal suffering in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is set to hold several performances at the ASU Convocation Center on August 27-29.

The 24-year-old "brunette beauty" once crouched in a cage outside the White House, clad only in body-painted stripes to protest the suffering of animals in circuses.  Valladolid is described as PETA's "Tiger Lady."

"Ringling trainers have been caught on tape numerous times beating elephants and other animals, but it usually goes on behind the scenes, out of the public eye," says Valladolid.  "We're here to put the abuse under the spotlight for everyone to see."

Valladolid has taken her "tiger act" from New York to Phoenix, and has also appeared on The Howard Stern Show to promote vegetarianism.

The PETA demonstration is set for noon on Tuesday, August 24 on the lawn of the Craighead County Courthouse at 511 South Main Street.


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