Written by Michelle Kretzer
of the throngs of people who had gathered outside to protest, it was hard to spot
those who were trickling into Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Ringling Bros.
circus's opening night. More than 200 animal advocates came together to make
sure that Ringling's reception was chillier than a New York winter.
half the group circled the block, hoisting signs and chanting, the other half flanked the crosswalks and handed leaflets and educational coloring
books to parents and children.
any of the attendees weren't aware of how Ringling abuses animals, they certainly were after they saw the behind-the-scenes photos of trainers
slamming baby elephants to the ground,
gouging them with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocking them with electric prods. And if that didn't do the trick, the
screening of PETA's video
exposé narrated by Alec Baldwin, which showed trainers beating and tormenting
elephants, moments before a performance likely did.
of the advocates plan to return to the Barclays Center every night that the
circus is in town to make sure that everyone in the Big Apple gets the message
about cruelty under the big top.
Written by PETA
For the first time in more than 100 years, Chicago-area zoos are without elephants. Recognizing the elephant's need for companionship, officials at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo have returned the facility's only elephant, Joyce, who was on loan from Six Flags.
The "Windy (and freezing) City" is no place for elephants. PETA has urged zoos in northern climates, including Brookfield, to close their elephant exhibits because it's unhealthy for these massive animals to spend months at a time locked in concrete barns during long, bitterly cold winters.
In 2005, the Detroit Zoo became the first to close its elephant exhibit for purely ethical reasons—citing climate as one of them. After three elephants died at Chicago's lakefront Lincoln Park Zoo, camels were placed in the empty elephant exhibit. In 2006, the Bronx Zoo announced that it was phasing out elephants, and last year, the Philadelphia Zoo closed its elephant exhibit.
Please politely ask officials at Brookfield Zoo to scrap plans to renovate and re-stock the elephant exhibit.
Written by Karin Bennett
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