The City of Palos Hills has yet to respond to a noon deadline issued by PETA, requesting the city cancel its upcoming circus.
On Wednesday morning, the animal rights and welfare organization sent a letter to Mayor Gerald Bennett and the City Council urging them to drop sponsorship of the planned Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 Carson and Barnes sexual assault victims benefit circus. According to PETA, Carson and Barnes Circus company is widely known to mistreat its animals. A video hosted on their website shows graphic abuse of Carson and Barnes Circus elephants. At the very least, PETA requested Palos Hills refrain from ever giving business to Carson and Barnes Circus again.
As of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, the village had still not responded to PETA's noon deadline.
Patch attempted to get in touch with Mayor Bennett via phone and email, but we've yet to hear a response. So far, there has been no indication of the circus' cancellation.