Ringling Bros. circus is heading to Colorado Springs, and we're inviting you to what we hope will be the biggest anti-circus rally in Colorado Springs history!
We'd love it if you would speak up for elephants and other animals in the circus. As you may know, Ringling has incurred numerous USDA violations (including the largest fine in circus history) and has a history of using cruel methods, to force animals to perform. The animals need you to speak up for them and tell circusgoers about cruelty under the big top. *Signs and literature will be provided.
Why are we so riled at Ringling? Here are the top five reasons it's better to protest Ringling than to attend a performance:
1. Ringling tears families apart—ripping baby elephants away from their mothers to spend a lifetime in the circus—but protesting brings families together.
2. Four dead baby elephants—and counting. Babies Bertha, Kenny, Benjamin, and Riccardo have all died since 1992. Baby elephant Barack was recently pulled from the road when he became very sick with the stress-related and often fatal disease EEHV for the second time in his young life.
3. Ringling's "training" consists of beating elephants with steel-tipped bullhooks, sometimes until they're bloody. Handlers cover the wounds with a gray powder called "Wonder Dust."
4. When they aren't being forced to perform, elephants are often chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars for 26 straight hours, on average, and sometimes for 60 to 70 and even 100 hours at a time while they're traveling.
5. And the best reason of all … you can perform the spectacular feat of caring. Anybody can do a belly flop into a net, but how many people can say they helped to protect animals from cruelty today?
Check out the undercover video footage: http://www.youtube.co...