PETA Demonstration Draws Large Crowd to Downtown Jonesboro

AUGUST 24, 2004 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT, updated 1:36 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Things got interesting in downtown Jonesboro shortly after noon today.

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, demonstrated across the street from the Craighead County Courthouse to protest the treatment of animals used by the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, which will be in town for several performances at the ASU Convocation Center this weekend.

PETA activist Wendy Girard stripped down to shackles, panties and pasties while re-enacting a PETA billboard that has been banned in several cities.

Officers with the Jonesboro Police Department and Craighead County Sheriff's Department were on hand for the demonstration, which remained peaceful.  A large crowd of curious on-lookers turned out for the event.  A few local PETA supporters turned out to show their support for the PETA folks, while many others engaged Girard and an accompanying PETA publicist in debate about the treatment of animals, as well as PETA policies.