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PETA to protest circus at Staples Center

July 14, 2010 | 12:58 pm

The circus is coming to town -- on Tuesday a parade of elephants marched through downtown Los Angeles -- and animal rights activists aren’t happy.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has planned a protest outside Staples Center on Wednesday night to coincide with the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The PETA demonstration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and will include an appearance by Olivia Munn, a new correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and an animal-rights activist. Munn recently posed nude in an anti-circus billboard on the Sunset Strip.

The circus will at Staples Center through Sunday.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Six elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus complete a predawn walk from Union Station to Staples Center. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times