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Ringling Brothers Circus Protests Continue This Weekend

Ringling Brothers Circus is in town at Rose Garden Arena with daily shows through Sunday. Portland Animal Defense League and In Defense of Animals will be there every day to protest the cruel treatment of animals by Ringling Brothers trainers. Elephants, tigers and zebras endure miserable lives in traveling spectacles for the entertainment of people. The animals spend up to twenty hours per day chained or in cages, often on sweltering trucks or trains traveling between cities. The trainers use bullhooks and whips to keep the animals terrorized and in line.
Elephants are majestic creatures that travel twenty-five miles or more per day in the wild. They have excellent memories and can remember food and water sources that they may not have visited for ten years. They live in matriarchal groups that cherish grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sons, nieces, aunts, nephews, and cousins. These beautiful creatures have no place in abusive animal circuses, where they are struck repeatedly in the face, ears, and legs with bullhooks and whips.

According to Humanity Through Education "At the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus training center, baby elephants are pulled from their mothers, tied down with ropes, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. This is the beginning of an elephant's life in the circus—a life of chains, beatings, fear, and intimidation."

"All Ringling handlers strike the elephants with a bullhook (a weapon resembling a fireplace poker). Elephants are chained 16 to 22.5 hours a day, often much longer when they are on the train. Baby elephants are taken from their mothers to be broken and trained to do unnatural tricks for the circus. The "breaking process" involves: taking the baby elephants from their mothers while they are still nursing; isolating the babies from all other elephants; tying the babies up so they are severely restricted in their movement and not even able to turn around; and hitting the babies with bullhooks."

We had an amazing turnout of animal rights demonstrators on Thursday and Friday. People were holding signs and banners, beating drums, and handing leaflets to as many patrons as possible. Our message is clear: Please make this the last animal circus you ever attend. Thanks to everyone who has come out to spread our message of compassion.

Let's keep the momentum going all weekend. If you have never come to an animal circus demonstration, now is a great time to start. We need fresh faces to maintain our presence and message! Signs and pamphlets are provided.

Rose Garden Arena
Sat. Sept. 17 @ 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM
Sun. Sept. 18 @ Noon, 4:00 PM

The protest times are listed above, but they have been opening the doors earlier than usual, so it doesn't hurt to come a half hour earlier.

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