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Tuesday, 21 March, 2000, 11:05 GMT
Goldie's circus elephant ban call
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn is a celebrity animal welfare supporter
Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn is campaigning for a ban on the use of elephants in circuses and other entertainment acts.

The 54-year-old, who lives in Maryland, has written an open letter as the state's general assembly debates a bill which would prevent the use of live elephants for entertainment in the US state.

Two previous bills had been rejected at a committee stage.

She wrote: "Circus elephants are denied almost everything important to them, including family relationships, privacy, mental stimulation, physical exercise, and emotional outlets.

"When they are not performing, which is approximately 98 percent of the time, their lives consist of chains, transportation in boxcars in the blazing heat or freezing cold, thirst (water is withheld to prevent unsightly messes in parades and performances), and being hit.

"As a Maryland native and someone who cares deeply for animals, I would like nothing more than to boast about our great state's compassionate side."

Oscar-winner Hawn has teamed up with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for the campaign (Peta).

Peta is one of the world's largest animal rights organisations and its other celebrity supporters include former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Chrissie Hynde.

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