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.
This is a legal and peaceful gathering. Posters, banners, and leaflets will be provided. The more activists we have to protest, the bigger the effect.
We will be meeting at the main entrance to the Gwinnett Center. You can park across the street in the Kroger's plaza.
Here is GARP at Philip's Arena in Atlanta February 2013.
For more info on Ringling Brothers, visit circuses.com or RinglingBeatsAnimals.com
Georgia Animal Rights and Protection (GARP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of animal exploitation and suffering. GARP began in 2003 by a handful of local activists who believed Georgia would benefit from an organized, cohesive animal rights group. GARP works towards protecting animals being exploited in the name of entertainment, Science, sport, fashion and food. Setting up information tables at events, making school presentations, leafleting, demonstrating, lobbying for stronger anti-cruelty legislation and speaking to the public through the media are some of the tools GARP utilizes in order to educate the public. GARP holds demonstrations, meetings, fundraisers and social events while maintaining an active e-mail list to keep members connected and informed on what’s happening in Georgia.