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New Meetup: Ringling Bros Circus Protest at the DCU (after Loving Hut Buffet at noon)

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Monday, October 4, 2010 8:54 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Worcester Vegan MeetUp & EatUp!

What: Ringling Bros Circus Protest at the DCU (after Loving Hut Buffet at noon)

When: Saturday, October 9,[masked]:30 PM

Where: DCU Center
50 Foster St.
Worcester, MA 01608

WHAT: MARC protests against Ringling in Worcester.

WHEN: Saturday, October 9 at 1:30pm and 5:45pm (show times are 3 &
7). Each protest is an hour and a half long. We will be having a
vegan meal at Loving Hut restaurant between shows; all are welcome to
join us!

WHERE: Worcester DCU Center (formerly called the Centrum), 50 Foster
Street, Worcester, MA 01608. Directions/Parking info below. If you
need a ride or can give a ride, please let us know.

RSVP/INFO: [address removed] or just show up. Signs and literature
provided. Both demos are weather dependent---check emails day of event
or call our cell at[masked] begin_of_the_skype_highlighting??????????????[masked]??????end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Be sure to take our cell number if
you need help on the road with directions. If you need a ride or can
share a ride, please let us know asap.

WHY: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is currently
facing a federal investigation because it allowed a young lion to
die in a sweltering animal train crossing the Mojave desert and then
tried to keep key information from the government. Soon after the
investigation was launched, a recently fired Ringling Brothers lion
handler delivered an affidavit to Agriculture Department officials
contending that the lion died because the boxcar he was riding in
was extremely hot and the animal needed water. He said circus
officials would not stop the train to cool the animal off despite
reports by him and another handler that the 2-year-old lion, named
Clyde, and other animals were suffering from intense heat. Frank
Hagan, the veteran Ringling Brothers employee who wrote the
affidavit, also said that circus lawyers told him and others
familiar with the incident not to talk with Agriculture Department
officials who were coming to the circus train to ask questions.
Hagan said in the affidavit that the circus fired him soon after on
what he contends was a pretext.

This is just the latest in Ringling's long history of animal abuse.
Ringling has been sued for alleged mistreatment, including beating
its Asian elephants with bull hooks, constant chaining, and forcible
separation of babies from their mothers. Evidence includes undercover
video, testimony from former circus workers who have come forward
about the abuse, and USDA documents. And now Peta has gone undercover
and gotten new elephant training footage:
http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/

DIRECTIONS/PARKING TO WORCESTER DCU CENTER (FORMERLY THE CENTRUM):

DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608. This is a fairly
big arena so you must find the main box office and other Foster
Street entrances. Foster is perpendicular to Worcester Center
Boulevard.

PARKING: Parking on the street in the area around the DCU Center
(formerly called The Centrum) is usually easy and is free after 5
and on Saturdays and Sundays. The Outlet Mall Parking Garage is
located across the street from the main entrance of the DCU. It is on
the corner of Foster and Main Street. Additional parking can be found
at area lots and garages near the facility. Call on our cell if you
need help.

RSVP to this Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/vegan-365/calendar/14992934/

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