Written by PETA
Blogger Tonya Kay
jumped through hoops to try to tell Cole Bros. Circus'
"side of the story" in a two-part series posted on EcoHearth.com, but without much luck.
working with Kay was offered three invitations to visit the circus, observe the
animals, and speak with circus management—all three of which were later
rescinded by the circus, which was apparently unconvinced by his claim that he
planned to write a "shining review." Apparently, the circus is
unwilling to speak to any journalist who might be secretly harboring plans to
write anything resembling an unbiased report, as opposed to a glowing fluff piece.
It's little wonder
that Cole Bros. Circus
didn't want to expose the less than "shining" aspects of its
operation: that elephants are beaten with bullhooks and tigers are jammed into
transport cages, where they spend most of their lives.
In the end, Kay
concluded, "I can't write a positive story on the Cole Bros. Circus
because there's nothing positive to report."
You can read Tonya
Kay's complete story here.
And to help get the word out to others about Cole Bros.' dirty secrets, contact
PETA's Action Team for
help organizing a protest.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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