**This is not a Peace Advocacy Network organized event, however, many activists were asking about protesting the upcoming circus. This demo is coordinated by another animal rights Meetup, Animal ACTivists of Philly. Please reach out to Marianne Bessey at [masked] for any questions regarding this event.
Ringling Bros. will be back in Philadelphia and we need to send a very strong message that their animal abuse is NOT welcome here!
Photographs of baby elephants at Ringling Bros. training/breeding center in Florida can be seen here: http://www.ringlingbe... This is your chance to speak for these babies, their mothers, and all the other elephants and animals enslaved by Ringling Bros. primarily for one reason - to make Kenneth Feld, named as one of the 400 richest men in the country according to Forbes magazine - richer.
We will have demonstrations at EVERY show in Philly - a total of 11. The animals really need you to show up for them. If we don't speak for them, who will?
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR . . .
--- Where we stand?
We will meet on the public sidewalk parallel to Broad Street south of Pattison Avenue, near the main PARKING LOT entrance to the Wells Fargo Center. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COURT DECISIONS IN BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL COURT, WE ARE ENJOINED FROM PROTESTING INSIDE THE PARKING LOT.
--- What we do?
We hold signs. Due to the legal restrictions imposed by the arena, our ability to leaflet is severely constrained. We are able to somewhat promote our message if we have enough activists to cover all three parking lot entrances and enough volunteers so that someone is talking on a bullhorn at each entrance. Your presence is extremely important this year to show Ringling and arena owners that despite their bullying tactics, we will not give up and our message of compassion will be heard.
There is free parking on Broad Street north of Pattison Avenue in the residential areas. Please note that although there is parking right across the street in FDR Park, in prior years, park rangers have issued "warnings" to people parking there after closing time, so it is recommended that you do not park there for the evening shows.
--- Police Interaction?
Little to none.
There are public bathrooms in FDR Park and restrooms in stores a few blocks north on Broad Street.
--- Receptivity of the patrons?
Ringling patrons are for the most part nasty and rude. We do not have much interaction with them because we are limited to the sidewalks.
--- Weather Dependent?
We will have our demonstration rain or shine, snow or sleet. The only way we will cancel is if the show itself is cancelled.