Sunday 4pm-5pm 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

    What a wonderful showing of dedicated, committed animal advocates ready to stand up for animals being exploited in circuses. You distributed well over 9,500 leaflets and educational child-friendly materials in all! There were leaflets, educational child activity books and comics. Also, there were educational stickers galore. We are deeply grateful for all that promoted these meetups and for all that participated in the leafleting. Until the audiences at animal circuses is whittled away, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Veronica.

    July 2, 2010

  • Gina

    I was pleased to see attendance at the circus appeared to be down from last year.

    June 29, 2010

  • Ardita T.

    It was very emotional for me especially because it was my first protest, but I am so glad to have done it, I would do it all over again!. It was so nice to see so many other people dedicated and passionate about the elephants, they were so beautiful to watch, yet so sad at the same time. I really hope things change for them, they belong home.

    June 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was an honor to be part of this event to educate the public about the cruelty that lovely, feeling animals experience everyday in the circus and that there are other alternatives to the circus with animals such as Cirque de Soleil and donating money to approved elephant sanctuaries. I was inspired by the compassion, hard work and dedication that the organizers of this group have to these animals. I am more hopeful that less and less people will attend the circus each year after hearing the questions the children had regarding the posters, leaflets and bullhooks and clearly seeing their empathy toward the animals. Being part of walking with the elephants with other fellow advocates in support of the elephants toward the train was one of the most intense and emotional experiences I have ever had. I am so looking forward to the day when we no longer have circuses with animals in them. Awesome job everyone!!!

    June 28, 2010

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