In the letter Münter references PETA's undercover video which allegedly shows Carson & Barnes' elephant trainer Tim Frisco abusing the animals during a training session. Münter claims that the video "forever changed (her) understanding of how animals are used in circuses." In the video the trainer can be heard telling the other workers to use the bullhook on the elephants to "make 'em scream."
Münter is no newcomer to activism on behalf of animals -- in 2012, she took to the track in a race car inspired by the documentary "The Cove", which exposed the horrific slaughtering of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. She then debuted her "Blackfish"-inspired car at the Talladega Superspeedway in May.
The environmentalist ended her letter by asserting that Sandusky Speedway should cancel the event, or, at the very least, not allow any more animal-related acts in the future. "I support your speedway and appreciate your love of racing, but I can't support your decision to promote abuse and neglect."
According to the circus' website, the show at Sandusky Speedway has not been cancelled.