Ringling Bros. Circus is hell for animals. Cited for numerous USDA animal welfare violations, Ringling Bros. has been exposed numerous times for providing the animals under its care with poor living conditions and lack of proper veterinary care. Ringling Bros. has also been documented beating elephants with large steel bullhooks, chaining them up, providing them with inadequate diets, and forcing them to perform unnatural, humiliating circus tricks that cause extensive arthritis as well as other medical problems.
This year, Portland Animal Defense League in conjunction with In Defense of Animals will be holding protests and public outreach actions before Portland show times. On opening day, there will also be a local media outreach opportunity with PETA, who will be staging a press conference in front of the Rose Garden Arena where the animals are housed, as well as a demonstration outside the arena.
The Rose Garden Arena Circus times:
Thu, Sept 15 Media Outreach at 11:45AM (with PETA), Demo at 6:30PM
Fri, Sept 16 Demo at 6:30PM
Sat, Sept 17 Demo at 2:30PM, 6:30PM
Sun, Sept 18 Demo at 12:00PM, 4:00PM
Just as recent as this July 14th, Ringling Bros. were issued another citation. This time for not providing veterinary care for the endangered Asian elephant Sarah, who has had a dripping vaginal infection for a number of years.
link to www.peta.org
Also, on August 10th, the same Asian elephant Sarah collapsed during loading after a show. She lost her balance while walking up the boxcar ramp and rolled down to the ground. She lay there for ten minutes before handlers were able to get her to stand.
Every year, attendance numbers dwindle as families and other attendees hear protesters informative message about circus violence.
Promote other family friendly alternative entertainment and non violent human circus acts. Stand up for endangered animals! Stand against Ringling Bros. animal abuse!