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New Meetup: Ringling Bros. Circus opening night protest

From: Jennifer
Sent on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:09 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Friendly Vegans!!

What: Ringling Bros. Circus opening night protest

When: Wednesday, August 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Below is information from Humanity Through Education about all the Ringling Bros. Circus protests they are coordinating. There will be a carpool from Santa Cruz going to San Jose on August 18th for sure and some other days too, yet to be determined. If you'd like to join us RSVP with a yes and I'll contact you about the carpooling possibilities.


Please join Humanity Through Education to protest Ringling Bros. Circus' inherent cruelty of forcing animals to live and perform in the circus. Signs and leaflets are provided at the leafleting times listed below. For more information call 650.248.4489.

OAKLAND ARENA in Oakland at 880 and 66th Ave. Meet in front of box office.

Wed August 11 6 p.m

Thu August 12 6 p.m.

Fri August 13 6 p.m.

Sat August 14 12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Sun August 15 2:30 p.m.

SAN JOSE ARENA (HP PAVILION) in San Jose, meet at the corner of Autumn and Santa Clara Streets

Wed August 18 6 PM

Thu August 19 6 PM

Fri August 20 6 PM

Sat August 21 12:30 PM & 5:30PM

Sun August 22 12:30 PM & 5:30PM

STOCKTON ARENA in Stockton at 248 W. Fremont Street.

Thu September 16 6 PM

Fri September 17 6 PM

Sat September 18 12:30 PM & 5:30PM

Sun September 19 2:30 p.m.

Ringling Bros. was on trial last year, for violating the Endangered Species Act,. Although the judge let Ringling off on a technicality, internal Ringling documents and Ringling employees' testimonies revealed what activists have known for years:

All Ringling handlers strike the elephants with a bullhook (a weapon resembling a fireplace poker). ** PETA released a great undercover video, taken last year, of Ringling employees beating, hitting and whipping elephants. Visit PETA's website to view the video. Additional video is available here. "Ringling Lies" video.
Elephants are chained 16 to 22.5 hours a day, often much longer when they are on the train. Video available here.
Baby elephants are taken from their mothers to be broken and trained to do unnatural tricks for the circus. The "Breaking process" involves:
(1) Taking the baby elephants from their mothers while they are still nursing;
(2) Isolating the babies from all other elephants;
(3) Tying the babies up so they are severely restricted in their movement and not even able to turn around; and
(4) Hitting the babies with bullhooks. One baby elephant was tied up for four months and only untied for 40 minutes a day to be trained. **A truly traumatic ordeal for little baby elephants and their mothers.** Last year a former Ringling elephant trainer gave PETA photos he took of the training sessions. They are viewable on PETA's website and in Humanity Through Education's video. Video "Ringling Deprives Elephants of Life" available here.

Videos showing how Ringling treats the tigers and horses.

Please join us to let Ringling know they are not welcome in the Bay Area.

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