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Circus Animal Walk protest (Garden City)

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:

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.

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  • anna

    sorry I cant attend but will try to make it on another night in front of the colisuem

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please let me know when the next one is. Can't make it tomorrow. Thanks!

    March 10, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Pam, if you visit LION's facebook page here:http://www.facebook.c...­, there's a list of the dates & times (March 13-17) when LION & IDA will be leading demonstrations against the circus. Those are the dates & times of the actual circus shows.

      March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to participate, however, can't make it on March 11th. If there are other meetups like this one, please let me know. Thank you!

    March 10, 2013

  • pm

    I am interested in participating in this event, though I am a bit unclear as to the geometry of what is happening. We are to be near the road. How far away will the animals be? I am assuming there will be crowds by the animals. How far away will we be? I am guessing that few of the people who go to see the animals will come over to us so we will mostly be interacting with the driving public. Is this correct?
    Another question I have is will the handlers be coercing their animals while controlling them on the walk? I have a[masked]mm lens for my camera and, depending on distance, lighting and obstruction by the public crowds, could possibly get some shots, still or video, of what occurs during the walk.
    I volunteer to care for injured wildlife at Volunteers for Wildlife, so this is an issue I can get behind!

    March 7, 2013

    • pm

      Hello Jennifer,
      This does help. You have clarified the place and the geometry. I mixed up the two parts of the protest. I will try Julie on the LION's Facebook page for more details.
      Thank you and see you there.

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Glad that helped! And I won't be there myself, but I'm glad you can go. Thank you.

      March 8, 2013

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