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United Animal Advocates of LA Message Board › Los Angeles - Join IDA For The Biggest Circus Protest On Earth

Los Angeles - Join IDA For The Biggest Circus Protest On Earth

A former member
Post #: 5
Is anyone else going to this protest? I'm planning to go Friday night and Saturday afternoon. I'd love to meet up with anyone else who is planning to go. If you weren't planning on it, check it out - they have a lot of opportunities to protest and posters and leaflets are provided.

From IDA:

Last November the circus paid a $270,000 fine to the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the largest ever assessed against an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act – for violations that include forcing a sick elephant to perform and two zebra escapes. The circus has also been cited for forcing ailing, arthritic elephants to perform.

Evidence including court documents, undercover videos, and documentation of training sessions with baby elephants shows that Ringling:

  • Routinely chains elephants in train boxcars for more than 26 hours at a time and for as long as 60 to 100 hours without a break while traveling across the country for weeks at a time.
  • Routinely prods, hooks, and strikes elephants with bullhooks, steel rods similar to fireplace pokers, to control the large animals and force them to perform unnatural tricks. These abuses typically occur out of public view.
  • Rips baby elephants away from their mothers for violent training that includes prolonged restraint (tying their legs) and physical punishment with bullhooks.
  • Chains elephants, who naturally walks tens of miles a day, for 16 to 22 hours a day at its Florida breeding facility.

    Link to protest details: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus opening night Staples Center demo

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