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Casey Affleck urges fans to boycott live animal circuses

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24:  Oscar nominee Casey Affleck has fronted a new video about circus cruelty.

The “Manchester by the Sea” star, who is up for a Best Actor honour at the Oscars, has teamed up with PETA officials for a new video calling on families to avoid circuses that use live animals, reported People magazine.

In the video, Affleck said that tigers and other big cats used for entertainment are confined to tiny barren cages and whipped to perform tricks.

“I choose to work in the entertainment industry, but animals in circuses and other travelling shows are never given a choice,” he said.

“This industry tears families apart and subjects individuals to a life of torment and deprivation. Trainers drag the big cats around by heavy chains or ropes around their necks and hit them with sticks, poles, and whips. They beat them mercilessly and bully them into jumping through hoops.”

Affleck has joined a growing list of celebrities, including Olivia Munn, Jason Biggs, Edie Falco, and Anjelica Huston, who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use and abuse animals. (PTI)

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