PETA Protester Lands In Jail

A planned animal rights demonstration was cut short in downtown Biloxi Thursday.

Kayla Worden represents People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She's protesting Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus. But before she could deliver her message about how the circus treats its animals, Worden was arrested by Biloxi police and charged with obstructing a public sidewalk.

PETA representative Robin Wade says such demonstrations are about educating the public.

"If people think about it and maybe visit and realize the cruelty behind Ringling Brothers and what we're trying to say here, then it's worth it," Wade said.

The assistant director of the Coast Coliseum used the opportunity to pass out discount tickets to the Ringling Brothers circus, which visits Biloxi later this month.

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus defends its treatment of animals. In a written statement, the organization said "caring for our animals is a 24-hour-a-day commitment."

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