PETA protests new magic show at Harrah's Reno

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Updated: 3/27/2014 10:04 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A woman painted like a tiger and confined to a cage was all part of a protest outside Harrah's Reno on Thursday.

A group of PETA members spoke out against opening day of the big-cat act Wild Magic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Magician Dirk Arthur at Harrah's Laughlin for multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act in December. The citations issued say the lions and tigers were kept in small, inadequate enclosures.

"Dirk Arthur's history is littered with USDA violations, even going back to last month," said PETA protestor Matt Bruce. "We are confident that this will continue."

"It's a magic show, I'm a magician. It's not a circus act," said Arthur. "There's no whips or anything like that. I hand raise all the cats, so they are raised with a lot of love. I respect that people are concerned about animals."

Arthur's show opened on Thursday at 8 p.m.

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