EVENING Wed. June 22nd: Ringling Circus leafleting!

Join us Opening Night on Wednesday, June 22nd from 5:45pm - 7:00pm to distribute leaflets to circus patrons with encouragement to instead patronize fun, humane family entertainment, rather than the abusive animal circus.  This is a very short time to make a direct, positive difference for these animals! 

View the Meetup Event Calendar and RSVP to any that you are able to attend.  Ringling Circus is hosting 11 cruel performances in Phoenix this year, rather than the customary 10.  This circus is upping the cruelty, so we are upping the COMPASSION!  We hope you can help, any time that you can commit to is greatly appreciated. 

It is recommended that you please allow extra time for parking and to make the short walk to the arena. Leaflets and ice cold water will be provided!



Wed. June 22nd, 2011

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


U.S. Airways Center

201 E. Jefferson St., Phx AZ

Southeast corner: 1st St./Jefferson








- 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.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great evening! Love the educational material. It was accepted by most people very well. Thank you AA of A!

    June 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the event went very well but I have no comparison reference as this was our first of the sort. We didn't get rejected as much as we thought we would which was great but there was one activist that I noticed was pushy with her flyers. I could tell people were annoyed with that type of aggressiveness. Politeness does get you much better results.

    June 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought we had an amazing turnout of people to hand out brochures. I don't think we missed anybody! It was so nice to be with so many people who care about animals like I do. I thought the coloring books were the big success. If you couldn't get the parents to take a leaftlet, you could get the kids to take the coloring/activities book!

    June 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terrific experience, fantastic advocates/activists!!! Thank you for organizing this event!

    June 22, 2011

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