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Gogol Bordello Singer Blasts Circus Cruelty in PETA2 Interview

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Eugene Hütz Joins Effort to Help Pass Landmark Elephant-Protection Ordinance.

Currently embarked on a dizzying 2-month international tour, Gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello vocalist Eugene Hütz recently took time out of his busy schedule to sit down for an exclusive interview with peta2—PETA’s youth division—during which he shared his thoughts about everything from music to his new movie to animal abuse.

“Part of my family is gypsies, and something my family used to do … was to trowel around with dancing bears—to play music and have the bear doing tricks,” says Eugene. “For a bear, it was torture throughout their whole life.” Eugene goes on to talk about how he wouldn’t allow a popular TV show to play one of his songs because the show was about a circus. “Even if [the show] had nothing to do with torture of animals, you know it’s just the whole circus thing,” says Eugene, whose uncle was a circus acrobat. “I hung around the circus quite a bit, and I saw that these animals don’t have any fun there. I don’t want to put my music behind ugly scenes like that.”

Eugene—who appeared in the movie Everything Is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood—wanted to take it a step further and help circus animals during Gogol Bordello’s tour stop in Chicago. He made an announcement from the stage in support of a landmark elephant-protection ordinance currently under consideration in Chicago City Council. Eugene directed his throngs of fans to go to the peta2 booth and sign a postcard supporting the ordinance. The Chicago ordinance calls for adequate space for confined elephants and a ban on cruel devices, like bullhooks, commonly used to discipline the animals. Visitors to http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/o-gogol.asp?c=1267 can sign a pledge to boycott the circus and read Eugene’s exclusive interview.

Gogol Bordello joins an ever-growing list of musicians—including members of Le Tigre, Peaches, Morrissey, (International) Noise Conspiracy, and Rilo Kiley —who have teamed up with peta2 to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals. Also featured on peta2.com are celebrity interviews, message boards, merchandise, downloadable voicemail recordings, and chances to win great prizes like free concert tickets, iPods, and more.

For more details about Chicago’s pending elephant-protection ordinance, please visit HelpElephants.com. To learn more about Gogol Bordello, please visit GogolBordello.com.

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