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Victory! Elephants: 2, Ringling: 0

Written by PETA | January 12, 2009
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Elephants in the circus

This has been a good week for elephants. Here’s why: When Ringling rolls into town, it often tries to partner with local businesses to promote the circus and give out tickets for free or at discounted prices (probably because fewer and fewer people actually buy them nowadays). Well, PETA is always right on Ringling’s heels, letting sponsors in on the beatings and misery that go on behind the scenes at the circus. This week, after hearing about Ringling’s history of cruelty to animals, both D’Agostino, a New York grocery store chain, and Florida’s Blood Centers have done the ethical thing by ending their partnerships and severing their ties with Ringling. (Yay!)

Thanks go out to everyone who participated in our action alert and told D’Agostino about elephant abuse in the circus. Your letters made a difference! D’Agostino and Florida’s Blood Centers now join Denny’s, Liz Claiborne, Lukoil, MasterCard, and Sears, all of which ended their Ringling sponsorships.

Well, Ringling, looks like you really should have taken us up on that offer to buy you an animatronic elephant to replace your live elephants. If you had, maybe people would actually want to support the circus again.

We encourage you to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or other media outlet urging your community to boycott animal circuses that might be rolling in the direction of your town. Click here to find media outlets in your area to contact.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • tina says:

    wanna do a demo in richmond???? i hate ringling!!!

  • Marestela says:

    Ringling Brothers is coming to my country Puerto Rico. Please help me with suggestions on where to start for people not to support circus with animals.

  • Missy Lefler says:

    Our group in Denver did a protest to stop the circus and boy did we get some nasty people telling us we were crazy! We even had a body tv showing undercover footage of poor elephants being tortured what is wrong with people? why do they turn the other cheek when they KNOW animals are being tortured?? we all have to do something more to stop all animal cruelty! Please we must have more demos to the public and leaflet these people so they get it through their stubborn air heads!

  • Liz says:

    I am proud to say that Ringlings in currently in Miami where I live and no one of my family friends coworkers or email buddies are going to be attending the show. I hate them and I hope we all keep up the good work and speading the word around.

  • Claudia,For the Oceans says:

    Yeah !!! For me i will never visit a circuss with wilddomestic animals.2 months ago there was a ciscuss nearby my placethey had dogs and a alligator in their show.But they left after 4 daysto few people visited that circuss.Myself and some other townmembers protested in front of the circus

  • roxanne says:

    I hate ringling brothers that is why i attend cirque du soleil since they don’t abuse animals for entertainment and teach children that cruelty is normal. Ringling brothers are torturing animals and perversing children.

  • kelly says:

    Floida’s Blood Centers? Is this health care? Ringling Brothers is also spreading TB around httpwww.huffingtonpost.comlesliegriffithcircuselephantswithtubb98350.html