Animal Advocates of Arizona (AAAZ) Message Board › ALERT: Tell Strathmore to Leave Ringling Bros. Circus Out of Its Festival!
Dear fellow animal advocates,
Strathmore, a nonprofit arts center, has plans to host Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus at its annual festival. We've repeatedly explained to the organization that by endorsing Ringling Bros., Strathmore would be supporting an industry that condones cruelty and violence to animals. Following discussions, Strathmore representatives told us that the festival will still include Ringling Bros. jugglers, clowns, and trapeze artists. We need your help to urge Strathmore to end its relationship with Ringling Bros. and to promise never again to partner with a circus that uses animals.
Ringling has a lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect. Trainers beat elephants with sharp metal bullhooks and keep these highly intelligent, social animals in shackles for the majority of their lives. Baby elephants are tied with rope, prematurely ripped away from their mothers, and forced to perform cruel and confusing tricks.
Please take a few minutes to use this form to send a message to Strathmore President Eliot Pfanstiehl urging him to drop Ringling Bros. from the annual festival. Ask that Strathmore never again partner with Ringling or any other circus that uses animals.
Please forward this message to friends, family members, and coworkers. Thank you for everything that you do to help animals.
For all animals,
Kristie Phelps, Assistant Director
Animals in Entertainment Campaign
--To watch Ringling's "training" video, click here.
Edited by Veronica on Feb 25, 2009 8:24 PM