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Bay Area to Ringling: Keep Out!

Written by PETA | August 16, 2011

Citing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ constant abuse of animals, several influential California humane societies—the Marin Humane Society, the East Bay SPCA, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, and the Sacramento SPCA—are publicly calling for a boycott of the circus, asking families to stay away from Ringling performances scheduled for the San Francisco Bay Area over the next few weeks.

The elephants used in this production—three of whom are 50 and older—are forced to perform the same silly, repetitive, and uncomfortable tricks year after year. Assan and Baby were born in Asia, were taken from their families, and have been used by Ringling for more than 40 years. At the end of the circus’s recent run in Anaheim, an elephant named Sarah, a 54-year-old wild-captured elephant with a history of infection, about whom we have complained, collapsed while being loaded into a railroad car.  

Kudos to these humane societies for taking a firm stand against blatant animal abuse. Please, ask your local humane society to follow their example by publicly asking families to stay away from Ringling Bros. Circus and never patronize a circus that uses live animals. Contact our Action Team for help.  

 
Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Cyndie says:

    I see this was written last year. Bad news folks….Ringling Brothers is scheduled to start their anual tour in the bay area in about 6 weeks. Is there anybody interested in putting in some time doing the peaceful protest? I am willing and have roughly a half dozen associates who will participate as well. Looking for more though. These are huge venues (San Jose, Sacramento etc). We need many more to be effective in getting the word out. LOOKING FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTORS/EDUCATORS ONLY. There is so much we can do to help the public understand the horrific attorsities which occur in circuses. It has been several years since I boycotted the circuses. But I say with pride I participated in peaceful protest at several local bay area locations which NO LONGER HOST THE CIRCUSE (Concord, antioch & orinda – believe it or not). I understand mine were smaller venues but it worked. I know we can do it again.

  • Debbie KIngsbury says:

    Stop Turturing your Animals at the Circus .Those Elephants deserve a better life! You been doing this for way to long ! How about if I did that to your legs and beat your people like that ! Look at there eyes ! I can see there pain .I can’t believe the power of words is amazing ! I will make sure I tell all mothers and children ! This must stop !

  • LINDA says:

    NO ANIMAL SHOULD EVER BE ALLOWED TO BE IN A CIRCUS FOR ANY REASON AT ALL EVER . IT HAS TO BE ILLEAGLE AND HARSH PENALTIES !!!!

  • Cathy says:

    BOYCOTT ALL CIRCUSES!!!

  • Rhonda says:

    I don’t understand why people continue to go to circuses when they know the animals are being abused!!! Why can’t this be STOPPED!!!!!

  • Karen says:

    BOYCOTT ALL CIRCUSES!!!!

  • Nancy says:

    I’ve never gone to a circus; my grown children have never attended a circus!!! As an animal rights activist, I am MORE than well aware what goes on behind closed curtains!!! I know of/and have seen the abuse the elephants, horses, et al receive at the hands of the people who are “in charge” of all the mammals at the various circuses. I BOYCOTT ALL CIRCUSES!!!!!!!!

  • elephants tigers says:

    fearful

  • kat beatty says:

    Stop abusing and using animals in any Circus

  • Lindsay says:

    BOYCOTT Ringling Brothers!

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