Tom Wopat Under Pressure To Bow Out Of Circus Parade

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June 21, 2014 | 9:28am EST

Actor Tom Wopat has come under fire from activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after signing up to take part in a leading circus’ parade in his native Wisconsin.
The former Dukes of Hazzard star has been tapped to play the grand marshal of the Big Top Parade in Baraboo on 26 July to help celebrate the Ringling Bros. circus company’s 130th anniversary.
However, the actor’s decision to perform at the bash has angered PETA campaigners, who have long called for a crackdown on the alleged mistreatment of Ringling’s circus elephants.
PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders tells WENN, “Wopat is out of touch for supporting circuses that force animals to perform through violent beatings. There’s not a hot rod on the planet fast enough for Wopat to escape the fact that he’s promoting the cruelest show on Earth.”
Wopat has yet to respond to the pressure from PETA.
PETA’s longrunning campaign against the Ringling Bros. has previously won the support of celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Olivia Munn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ashley Judd.