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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

PETA says it plans to attend the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event this Saturday at the BJCC Arena to address the elephant in the room.

The animal rights organization issued a press release on Friday saying it will target specifically the alleged mistreatment of young elephants which perform in the show.

"Birmingham residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks," PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders said in the release.

In late 2011, Ringling Bros. paid the largest fine in circus history, $270,000, for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

The historical Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been touring the United States for over 100 years.

The circus is in Birmingham from Jan. 23 until Jan. 26 at the BJCC.

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