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Action Alert!!!!

From: user 5.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:03 PM
Hello all. This is Christie! I am sending this message to all of you guys who are interested in animal rights activism. Even if you don't know much about animal rights/welfare issues, you can still participate and make a difference!

My sister Rachel and I are planning a protest/rally against the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. They will be coming to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA on June 6th, 7th, and 8th (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The schedule is as follows:

Friday (June 6th): Show at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday (June 7th): Show at 11:00 a.m. , 3:00 p.m. , and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday (June 8th): Show at 1:00 p.m.

The protest is entirely peaceful and is about education and awareness. I am currently contacting some animal rights organizations to obtain some leaflets, posters, action packs, etc. I am also trying to get a deal for some group shirts at, so let me know what size you would want if we can get discounted t-shirts. However, feel free to bring your own materials!

Why are we protesting?

~Violence, domination, and intimidation is a daily part of life for animals in circuses. They are trained through intimidation and fear. Bullhooks, whips, and electric prods are among the common tools used for breaking animals.

~Animals used for circuses are kept chained or locked in cages for as long as 23 hours a day without any positive social interaction. They are also denied their instincts for natural behavior (foraging, hunting, moving with a herd, climbing trees, mating, etc.)

~Circuses are neither educational or uplifting. Instead, they warp our perception of animals, desensitizing us to the animal's real needs and treating them as nothing but mere novelty objects.

~The tricks animals are forced to perform are unnatural and degrading to these majestic creatures. Making tigers and lions jump through fire rings, commanding elephants to stand on their head or balance on a ball (I can't even do that!), and forcing chiimps and bears to ride tricycles across a thin wire while wearing doll clothing is among the vulgar techniques used to awe spectators.

~Animals literally perform to death, spending their entire lives on long tours. Some die from accidents in the ring, others from neglect, lameness, and disease. Elephants that walk on their hind legs are prone to painful rectum infections that have led to death. Elephants can also contract tuberculosis from humans who come in contact with them. Very few people know that elephants can also spread tuberculosis to humans (making circuses a risk for spectators as well).

~Some animals become so frustrated that they lash out and attack audience members, other animals, and their "trainers" Such was the case of the elephant Tyke. You can view her story here: These animals are deemed dangerous and are ultimately killed.

I can go on and on about the atrocities committed by circuses, but I'm sure you get the idea. I am appalled that these crimes against nature are allowed to continue, with corporate sponsorship backing up these parades of despair. Many cities throughout the United States have already banned the use of live animals in entertainment, so it's time Council Bluffs did the same. Alternatives exist (take the very popular Cirque de Soleil for example) that are ethical and support human talent and entertainment.

I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the protest to email me as soon as possible, especially if you have any questions or concerns. I will continue to send updates the closer we get to the protest date and if any new details arise. What I know so far is that we will get to the MAC early enough to make some noise before circus-goers show up. I would also like to set up a table to fill with circus information and leaflets and possibly show a dvd if someone would be kind enough to let us borrow a portable dvd player.

If anyone needs a ride to the MAC, my sis and I have room in our cars for 8 people. If you can show up for all of the days (or even just one!) let me know.

I encourage anyone who is interested in the cause to make fliers and send this email to anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact me via email or through phone:[masked]
Remember, I also work at McFosters now, so feel free to stop by and chat with me for a bit. (:

That is all for now, and I'll see you guys at the next meetup!

~Christie Schoening

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