Wednesday 6pm-7pm Leafleting: Ringling Beats Animals!

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:

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  • Veronica

    Overwhelming sense of gratitude to have SO many animal advocates brave the AZ heat to make it to U.S. Airways Center and speak out against the exploitation endured by animals of Ringling Circus! This year we are focusing our efforts on getting as many leaflets into the hands of circus-goers as possible. We feel that by doing so, we'll get a longer lasting effect in making a difference to change their hearts and minds about patronizing animal circuses. Abuse of animals should never be considered an acceptable form of family entertainment and we thank you for making stides in educating the public!

    June 23, 2010

  • Melody

    What a great turn-out! I KNOW that sharing the information made a difference!

    June 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wished there would have been signs to hold for everybody -It makes more of an impact to passersby.

    June 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hot! BUT, I handed out at least 150 flyers / coloring books.

    June 23, 2010

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