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EARLY EVENING Sun. July 1st: Ringling Circus leafleting

Join us at US Airways Center on Sunday, July 1st from 3:45pm - 5:00pm to distribute leaflets to Ringling circus patrons with encouragement to consider patronizing fun, humane family entertainment, rather than the abusive animal circus.

THIS IS OUR FINAL RINGLING BROS. LEAFLETING THIS WEEK. Such a short amount of time to commit to and you'll be making a direct, positive difference for these animals!

Allow extra time for parking and for short walk to the arena. Leaflets and ice cold water will be provided! Driving Directions: Here

UPDATE: Meters are in operation only Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm. No need to pay if parking in a metered spot outside of these times. City of Phoenix parking meter information: http://phoenix.gov/streets/parkingmeters/index.html

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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.

PLEASE JOIN US TO SPEAK OUT FOR THESE ANIMALS!

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  • Veronica

    Well, the members of this group went all out to be sure we showed our presence at the arena! You did a wonderful job, and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you for all that you did to plant the seed of compassion for these animals trapped in circus life!

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time educating people about how poorly elephants are treated in the circus.

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was extremely hot, but well worth the time spent...handed out many leaflets to adults and stickers to children...even though people were in a hurry to get in to the event...at least they have the information to look at later....environmental education is key to people changing their attitudes about animals..."never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world...indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~~ Margaret Mead~~

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me & my husband were so happy we got to be a part of handing out the flyers. We plan on attending next year as well. It was great working with all of you.

    July 1, 2012

  • Melody

    1 · June 29, 2012

16 went

  • Veronica +2
    Lead Coordinator, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kirby
    Leafleting Coordinator, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Sue
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member

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