What: Opening night protest of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
When: Wednesday July 11, starting at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015 (meet at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court)
Posters and leaflets will be provided.
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.
Additional demonstrations will take place throughout Ringling’s run at the Staples Center. Please attend as many as you can:
Thursday July 12 - 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday July 13 - 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday July 14 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 15 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday July 16 - 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.