PETA activist Jabeen Akhtar painted her nude body like a tiger to protest the circus coming to town in Charlotte, N.C. (photo: Jonathan Jones/Special to WND)

An animal-rights activist painted her nude body to look like a tiger as a part of a protest Tuesday against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Jabeen Akhtar also placed herself in a cage in downtown Charlotte, N.C., bearing banners that proclaimed, “Wild Animals Don’t Belong Behind Bars.”

The protest was a production of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges trainers use metal bullhooks, whips, muzzles, and electric prods in order to get wild animals to perform stressful and often painful acts.

“This cruelty, these beatings are what the circus is desperate to hide from the public,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These animals are not volunteers. They have been deprived of their precious freedom and beaten for a lifetime of cheap tricks.”

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