posted by Jennifer G.
LION (Long Island Orchestrating for Nature) and IDA (In Defense of Animals) will lead a protest of the Circus Animal Walk on March 11. They will also be protesting ten circus performances March 13-17.
For more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/121444998029563/136154249891971/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
And for your convenience, here are details for the Circus Animal Walk Protest (this description is from the topmost post on LION's event page):
As usual, the Long Island Children's Museum is supporting Ringling and hosting their annual Circus Animal Walk on Monday, March 11 from 6:00pm-9:00pm outside the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530.
Please call the Long Island Children's Museum at (516)[masked] to politely ask them to stop this inhumane education of our youngsters.
Additionally, whoever is interested in distributing humane education materials in the forms of coloring and comic books, please comment on this post.
This is our chance to have the most face-to-face time with the public while Ringling is in Nassau County and our most successful event during Ringling season! Thousands will be in attendance and we will have boxes upon boxes of materials to hand out.
(Please ignore their stated admission fee. They parade on public property so no fee is needed!)
Finally, here is what Julie, LION's vice-pres, says about the show protests (these are different from the Animal Walk protest—they will take place on the days of the actual circus performances, March 13-17):
Since we will be on the sidewalk of Hempstead Turnpike, next to the entrance of the coliseum, protesters are encouraged to dress warmly. Hats, gloves, and appropriate footwear will greatly help them to stay warm. Please refrain from wearing any animal products, such as fur coats, boots, and leather products. Protesters are encouraged to make their own signs, though foul language is unacceptable due to the event having children. If they cannot or do not want to make their own signs, signs will be provided. This event, though serious, can be quite fun when standing next to friends or family members, as well as other protesters, engaging in conversation.
Since the sidewalk is by a busy road, protesters are NOT encouraged to go into the street while cars are moving due to impeding traffic, unless the light is red and handing out flyers to stopped cars. Protesters wishing to go into the median on Hempstead Turnpike do so at their own risk.
Demonstrators can expect interaction with people in their cars, as we are not allowed to be on Coliseum property. The interaction may be handing out flyers and coloring books to short conversations. Please refrain from using foul language as we want to be as professional as possible.
Protesters are encouraged to park their cars in the empty lot adjacent to the coliseum.