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Protest "The Cruelest Show on Earth" in Atlanta

In the Ringling Brothers Circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody.

Constant travel means that animals are confined to boxcars, trailers, and trucks for days at a time in extremely hot or cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinarian care. Elephants, big cats, bears, and primates are confined to cramped and filthy cages in which they eat, sleep, drink, defecate, and urinate, all in the same place.

In November 2011, Ringling was fined $270,000 by the USDA for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act. This is the largest fine ever assessed against a circus under the Animal Welfare Act. Ringling has made history as The Cruelest Show on Earth.

Philips Arena is a wonderful opportunity to educate circus goers because they must stand in line a few feet from our demonstration. We have poster displays and behind the scene video for their viewing. The more activists we have to protest, the bigger the effect.

This is a legal and peaceful gathering. Posters, banners, and leaflets will be provided.

We will be meeting at Philips Arena, Techwood Entrance {51 Centennial Park Dr. (formerly Techwood Dr.) Atlanta, GA 30303.}

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organized with a powerful video, and effective exhibit, posters, and fliers. This clearly had a major impact on many people attending the circus. Thanks for planning this in conjunction with GARP and PeTA.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I would've checked online earlier. I would have joined y'all. I hope it was a success and some people learned the ugly sad truth

    February 16, 2013

  • Linda B

    It's been over 20 years since I first protested against the treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros, in Miami. It is shameful that this is still going on. Won't be able to join you on Saturday but my thoughts and heart will be with you.

    February 7, 2013

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