Sarah Connor Chronicles Star Wants To ‘Terminate’ Circus Cruelty

For Immediate Release:
9 September 2008

Alexia Weeks 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

London – When she’s not busy trying to save the human race from ruthless robots on TV, actor Lena Headey is fighting in real life to protect animals from ruthless people – who use and abuse them in circuses. The British star of hit US series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has just filmed a new ad for PETA that exposes the cruel and often violent treatment which animals endure under the big top.

In the 30-second ad, which can be seen here, Headey says that around the world, “Circus trainers often force elephants, bears, tigers and other animals to perform tricks by beating and whipping them, shocking them with electric prods and jabbing holes in their skin with sharp metal hooks. When they’re not in the spotlight, these animals are kept chained or locked away in cages where they spend the majority of their lives. And that’s no life at all. Please don’t support circuses that use animals”.

Headey, a life-long animal lover, learned about circus cruelty after watching a documentary about a group of lions who had been held captive since they were babies. Now residing in Los Angeles, Headey made Maxim’s 2007 “Hot 100” list and has appeared in The Brothers Grimm, Possession, The Remains of the Day and the 2006 box-office smash 300 as Queen Gorgo.

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