Photo of the Day: Tiny Ballerinas Lead Cutest Ringling Protest Ever

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Everyone who neared Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night likely did a pirouette. A troupe of tiny ballerinas from the Cynthia King Dance Studio, dressed in their tutus, led more than 100 animal advocates in a protest against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on the circus’s opening night.

Ballerina-Led Ringling Bros. ProtestPhoto by Cynthia King

Ballerina-Led Ringling Bros. ProtestPhoto by Cynthia King

Ballerina-Led Ringling Bros. ProtestPhoto by Cynthia King

The ballerinas carried signs that they had made themselves, some depicting sad elephants and others proclaiming, “The Circus Is Tutu Cruel.” They led a massive crowd that included members of PETA; New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets; Long Island Orchestrating for Nature; Friends of Animals United; and other groups to inform kids and parents that Ringling was recently caught denying veterinary care to three suffering elephants—and possibly leaving them locked in boxcars—for as long as four days at a time while on the road.

What You Can Do

Join the (graceful) movement: Tell the secretary of agriculture that it’s time for Ringling to sing its swan song.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind