Ringling Bros. Circus Demo - Opening Night

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...

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  • Ashley W.

    Will anyone be protesting tomorrow (Saturday) I'm new to the area but would love to help if at all possible

    1 · June 6, 2014

    • Ann V S.

      Hi Ashley, we have all the shows/protests on the schedule. I have added the link for the first show tomorrow. Links to all the following shows/protests are listed on that page. Hulya and Kimito are hosting all 4 weekend protests and Beth Ann will be hosting with them at both protests on Sunday. I hope you can join them. All leaflets and posters are provided so just get there when you can. Thank you! http://www.meetup.com...­

      June 6, 2014

  • Liz C.

    What an awesome group of demonstrators that we had joining us - new and experienced alike! Way to go everyone :)

    June 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Movie theater tickets is a good thought. The problem is, most people buy the circus tickets beforehand and feel obligated to go. Also, a movie gift card might be more the route to go, rather than a specific movie ticket. And yes, love cafe express!!! Thanks for the posts Kelly Anne.

    April 19, 2012

  • Kelly A.

    "Don't go to the circus" shirts:

    April 15, 2012

  • Kelly A.

    Could we get some discount (or donated) tickets for the movie theater, and offer them to people in lieu of going to the circus that night?

    April 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nope, anyone of any age is welcome.

    March 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sophia,
    Yes, you are right. Ringling Bros., has received numerous USDA fines for neglect and abuse, yet the show still goes on. We will be protesting their shows in Colorado Springs to inform circus goers of the cruelty involved. Please join us in June if you can.

    March 14, 2012

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