Consider this excerpt from CircusProtest: “There was a time in human history when the enslavement and torture of others was a common, acceptable practice. For a price, it was possible to legally and legitimately have an individual stolen from their homeland and shipped thousands of miles away…away from family, friends, autonomy, and hope. Throughout the centuries humans have degraded, tortured, and inflicted massive suffering upon each other motivated by greed and self-interest. Yet today, while these practices still occur across the globe, they are maligned and illegal. Those that engage in these behaviors are the ones that end up behind bars. Except when it comes to other species.”
Along with street protests, another thing I do is online leafleting- facts and information we ARAs would usually hand out in a crowd. My purpose is to educate locals in the cities that Ringling Brothers Circus is about to arrive in, in hopes that they won’t buy a ticket. Local protests are also listed. Until I’m wealthy enough to travel ahead of this horrific slave camp to warn people not to support them, I’ll have to do this part of the campaign by email. To my emails I attach cruelty pictures, others attach poetry, opinions, etc. We educate usually 3 cities a week BEFORE Ringling is scheduled to arrive! I call it Cyber Action Monday. Scroll down this site and click on the elephant picture on the right side to see the current event. Three times a week, every week for the past 73 weeks, many others have and continue to help to end circuses in the USA. We get joyful responses. We get rude and sick responses. We get responses from the media asking us to go away or, how can they cover the protests.
Recently, a reporter’s response to our cyber leaflet exposing Ringling’s record of horrific cruelty had me in tears…. “Lisa, we cover the protests each year. Frankly it’s always the same old pictures, videos and reports. This year we’re looking for something new. Any incidents from 2013 or 2014?” The following is my answer back to him:
First and foremost the circus is slavery. Even if there wasn’t abuse documented from every single circus, it would still be horrible, barbaric slavery. I’m glad you cover the protests, but your wording here is as grotesque as those cheering on the slavers. These “same old pictures” show what happens every day to living, thinking, feeling beings. It goes on and on partially because those in positions to say something (you) are either numb to the torture or sadistically craving more. Here’s an Animal Defenders International video from last month. I’m afraid it will bore you and your readers as its just the same old brave people documenting the same old beating, screaming, stun guns, etc. THAT’S the story Scott- that slavery is still flourishing.
“When we have such ready access to the arts, opera, ballet, live bands, concerts, poetry, and an unimaginable range of sports, what sick mind would consider paying to watch a captive animal being brutalized?” Philip Wollen
The laws are made by and in favor of profiteers. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) allows these animals to be tortured. Do you know how much time and money has to go into getting one single charge against a circus? I have listed some more recent, but they will NEVER be allowed to go public until people with very deep pockets fight in court to silence the proof for as long as possible. This is what the AWA, the law, allows:
These are just some of the weapons the animals wake up to and are put to bed with.
This is how they live and travel, most times in their own defecation for hours.
This is a child for God’s sake! Yes, it’s the same old horrors, but the pictures current because the babies are all trained this way. FYI- Ringling’s “training” facility is called The Elephant Center. They claim it’s for conservation, but no one is ever set free and EVERYONE is sent to the circus. The Elephant Center is for breeding slaves and torturing animals. They have removed it from their site, but they also allow research to be done on these majestic creatures.
Following are more recent issues from PeTA’s fact sheet on just Ringling. If you have the stomach for it, there are fact sheets on most all the slave camps in operation in the US.
And let’s not forget Carol, the elephant who was a victim of a drive by shooting in Tupelo last year. A year later, Ringling brought her back in chains to the place she was attacked and made her perform. Remember, there are dozens of pages on each issue from all animal circuses.
This is Carol. A year after being shot she is back to being abused and humiliated. Here she is being made to stand on 2 legs, face smashed in the floor and legs spread. A crowd of barbarians cheer.
December 2, 2012: Susan, a 61-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized “due to quality of life issues.” She had tested positive for tuberculosis earlier in the year.
October 31, 2012: Sid, a 45-year-old female Asian elephant, was euthanized because of “declining health.” She was used as part of Ringling’s breeding program.
June 27, 2012: Minyak, a female Asian elephant born in the wild around 1966, died after spending the majority of her 46 years performing in the circus. She was retired two years before her death.
January 23, 2012: Banana, a 55-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized because of her declining health. She performed for Ringling for 41 years, from 1969 to 2010.
January 11, 2012: Sabu, an Asian bull elephant who was retired from Ringling 14 months prior, died from complications of severe arthritis. He collapsed in his sleeping stall, and veterinarians euthanized him after determining that he would be unable to stand again because of weakness and pain in his joints. Sabu was born 29 years ago at the Portland Zoo and began performing two years later. A necropsy found that his arthritis was exceptionally severe for an animal his
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH HUMANE-TREATMENT LAWS
The following 2 facts are proof that the AWA is not made to protect animals but to line the pockets of profiteers. This horrible incident is now another famous video. I don’t think the slaver was charged. You can see it right when you log on to RinglingBeatsAnimals
October 5, 2012: PETA was informed that the USDA had opened a formal investigation into Ringling Bros. for violations of the AWA.
July 3, 2012: PETA filed a complaint with the USDA after an employee working as a security guard at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., through a temp agency reported violations that he had observed at the arena while Ringling Bros. was in attendance. He also filed a complaint with local law enforcement. Some of the violations that he observed included a vicious and unprovoked beating of an elephant by an animal handler, prolonged chaining of elephants and resulting abnormal behavior patterns, inadequate space and insufficient exercise for large cats, and the aggressive, unprovoked hitting of a small dog by a Ringling employee.
I know, so far in the past that it’s hardly relevant to you, but it’s the same old every day treatment of innocent beings that needs to be shown.
August 7, 2011: Sarah the elephant collapsed while being loaded into a boxcar in Anaheim, California. She lay motionless for an extended period of time following her fall. Ringling had prior knowledge of Sarah’s health problems, including possible necrotic tumors on her reproductive organs, an elevated white-blood-cell count indicative of infection, and a chronic fistula (see “Failure to Comply with Humane-Treatment Laws,” June 10, 2011). Ringling continued to force the 54-year-old elephant to perform after this incident.
August 5, 2011: A Ringling veterinary technician informed Orange County, California’s Animal Care Department that the zebras jumped out of their cage during a performance on this date.
August 5, 2011: A tiger sustained a cut on her tail while being transferred from one cage to another. A Ringling veterinary technician told the USDA that a handler had closed the tiger’s tail in a gate, but she was uncertain about the details. When the USDA asked to interview the employee involved, access to this person was denied.
July 30, 2011: An official with Orange County, California’s Animal Care Department noticed a crack on one of Tonka the elephant’s right rear toenails during preparation for a show.
July 20, 2011: A 35-year-old Asian elephant, Banko, was forced to perform in Los Angeles, California, even though she experienced an episode of diarrhea and abdominal discomfort that required pain medication. Ringling employees also noted her lack of thirst and hunger
“The animal acts we have on display in animal circuses are disgusting, hideous and vile demonstrations of the depravity of uneducated, unenlightened profiteers. A product of ignoble minds.” Philip Wollen
Re-watch the first video I opened this letter with showing kids riding an angry, abused elephant.
January 6, 2012: A Ringling animal trainer, Tabayara Maluenda, told The Miami Herald, “I’ve had more than 250 stitches around my body, and for this new season, I had 44 new ones from one tiger, trying to do something more energetic for ‘Fully Charged.’”
May 10, 2011: According to The Associated Press, Kenneth Feld, the owner of Ringling’s parent company, appeared in federal court because his sister, Karen Feld, filed a $110 million lawsuit against him. Karen charged that Kenneth’s security guards beat and groped her as they removed her from a memorial service for their aunt, which Kenneth had invited her to. Karen and her dog were allegedly thrown out the front door by Kenneth’s guards, at Kenneth’s request. The assault landed Karen in the emergency room, exacerbated a brain injury and an arthritic knee, and led to surgery on both.
Scott, I only give you 1 fact from the pages listing all of the criminals Ringling (and all circuses) willingly employs. There’s no way to be a better slaver, especially by pretending to comply with laws that allow torture, rape and child abuse. Yes, breeding and the artificial insemination program that The Elephant Center boasts about IS rape. All non-consensual penetration is and I can assure you, the girl elephants don’t like humans and instruments going in. Your response is the epitome of how people accept harsh and barbaric treatment of others- as long as it’s not them. I’m trying to be polite and trying to help you make the connection , but really you so casually saying the atrocity called the circus is the same old pictures and videos sickens me. You really hurt my heart as a person. The definition of slavery doesn’t changed based on who the slaves are.
Scott’s answer was that he didn’t mean to sound so awful and that this year they would try to do more in depth coverage. Hopefully I can post an up-date that will favor the circus animals.
Circuses are proof that slavery still exists. Many of us animal rights activists (ARA) are fighting to abolish slavery- whether its Ringling and all other animal circuses, SeaWorld and all other aquariums, carriage pulling, all dog and horse racing, and all animals used for entertainment or work. Circuses, to me are a special level of hell for animals because the slavers are so successful at making the public believe that the animals are happy and well treated. Even if this were true (it’s absolutely not), a “well” treated slave would still be a slave.