Join us at US Airways Center as we distribute leaflets to circus patrons about the exploitation endured by the animals of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus! View the Meetup Event Calendar and RSVP to any that you are able to attend. It is recommended that you allow extra time for parking & to make the short walk to the arena. Leaflets and ice cold water will be provided. Map, directions, parking suggestions here.
Slideshow of recent undercover evidence against Ringling: here. BACKGROUND: - Baby elephants are captured "rodeo style", roped around all four legs, tethered neck-to-neck to an "anchor elephant" and dragged from their mothers. Once pulled from their mothers, baby elephants are restrained by four legs on a concrete floor in a barn for up to 23 hours a day to break their spirits and are never allowed to play outdoors. - The babies often incur painful lesions from straining against ropes tightly cinched around their legs. It may take up to six months before they give up and stop struggling. - Ringling trainers cruelly use ropes, chains, sharp hooks, electric shock devices, denial of maternal protection and corporal punishment in order to force baby elephants to learn unnatural tricks. - Speaking of Ringling's training methods, former Ringling trainer Sam Haddock stated, "During these training sessions, the baby is screaming and struggling the whole time." - Gary Jacobson, general manager for Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, testified in court that electric prods are used only for self-defense and protection but was photographed using this painful device on a defenseless and tied up baby elephant during training. He has also been photographed applying electric shock to the heads of baby elephants. - "The bullhook is designed for one purpose, and one purpose only: to inflict pain and punishment. I should know. I used to make them. I built them to where you can't break them, no matter how hard you hit the elephant."-Sam Haddock, former Ringling trainer. View current undercover video footage at: www.RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.