Q: Which Hollywood Film Director Is Anti-Ringling?

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Darren Aronofsky

A: The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky!

That’s right, the man best known for his portrayal of human suffering in movies such as the award-winning The Wrestler is now focusing on a different type of suffering … elephant suffering.

As a Brooklyn native, when Darren learned that notorious elephant abuser Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would be setting up shop at Coney Island all summer long, he sprang into action faster than you can say RoboCop. He penned a powerful letter to the folks at Taconic Investments—who are donating the use of their Coney Island land to Ringling—asking them to reconsider their offer or, at the very least, impose restrictions that could reduce the suffering of elephants and other animals used by Ringling.

Not a Hollywood heavyweight? You can still follow Darren’s lead by sending your own letter to Taconic and New York City officials letting them know that you won’t stand up for animal abuse at Coney Island.

Written by Christine Doré

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