PETA plans Dallas protest of Ringling Bros.

DALLAS (AP) - An animal rights group plans to show video of what it says is the abuse of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus elephants and tigers.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Thursday plan to converge on the American Airlines Center and show the video during a protest.

Circus spokeswoman Amy McWethy has previously denied the claims.

PETA says the footage shows circus employees digging sharp metal bullhooks into the skin behind the elephants' knees as well as whipping and jabbing elephants and tigers. The group says in a news release it filed formal complaints with numerous authorities.

The circus is scheduled for stops in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin through late August.

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