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Animal Activists of Central Florida Message Board › New Meetup: Cole Brothers Circus Protest!

New Meetup: Cole Brothers Circus Protest!

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Announcing a new Meetup for Animal Activists of Central Florida!

What: Cole Brothers Circus Protest!

When: October 28, 2008 3:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Cole Bros. Circus - one of the worst

Each year the Cole Bros. Circus travels thousands of miles across the eastern U.S. with a menagerie of animals including elephants.

Elephants in the circus commonly suffer from neglect, inadequate veterinary care and inhumane handling. During the Cole Bros. Circus’ 2007 tour, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered that two elephants be taken off the road due to health concerns. In 2008, Cole Bros. has traveled with two endangered Asian elephants, “Topsy” and “Annette.” Topsy is well-known for a prominent limp that she displays when the circus forces her to give elephant rides between performances. The Cole Bros. Circus has repeatedly refused to retire aging elephants, even when it is obvious that they are suffering from painful arthritis or other captivity-induced health problems (conditions linked to prolonged chaining and lack of proper exercise). In the past 10 years, at least five elephants with the Cole Bros. Circus have died.

Violent, physical abuse remains a common method of training and controlling elephants in the circus. In 2003, the USDA cited and fined Cole Bros. after a handler struck an elephant with a broom handle. In 2000, USDA inspectors noted that two Cole Bros. elephants had bullhook scars.

Please join our protest!

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28-29
Times: 3:30pm and 6:30pm both days
Location: Lake Square Mall, 10401 US Highway 441, Leesburg. We will be along 441 in front of the mall.

Please contact the Lake Square Mall and urge them to reconsider hosting the circus in the future.

Brent Gardner, Manager
Lake Square Mall
Phone: (352) 787-1200
Online comment form.

Inside the mall, Scrappin' Spot, "Lake County's Largest Scrapbook Store," is selling circus tickets. Please contact the Scrappin' Spot and politely urge them not to support the circus.

Cheri Renner, Owner
Scrappin' Spot
Phone: (352) 326-0111
Online comment form.

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