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(en) US, Modesto, Move City and DAAA* Collectives to Protest Circus

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 14 Jul 2004 12:35:59 +0200 (CEST)

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ABUSE IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT: Protest Ringling Bros. Animal Torture!!
between Inyo and O St.)
Take a stand for peace and justice for not only human but also
non-human life and join us as we raise awareness and bring a
spotlight to the cruelty show visiting Fresno.
Truly, if the details of the animals’ treatment, confinement,
training, and “retirement became widely known; we would all see
why any circus with animals is no fun at all. *

NO FUNDS, NO FUN: Many circus operations don’t have much money,
and, as a result, the animals they use often suffer from
inadequate care. The animals, most of whom are quite large and
naturally active, are forced to spend most of their lives in
the small cages used to transport them, and they are allowed
out of their cages only for the short periods when they must
perform. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) merely requires that the
animals have enough room to stand up and turn around when
confined; yet even these minimal regulations are routinely
ignored. In just a two-year period, Ringling Bros. And Barnum
& Bailey Circus was cited for 65 violations of the AWA.

UNNATURAL ACTS: Physical punishishment has long been the
standard training method for animals in circuses. The AWA
puts no restrictions on what training methods may be used,
and, according to former animal trainer Pat Derby, “After
25 years of observing and documenting circuses, I know
there are no kind animal trainers.” One former Ringling Bros.
Employee told the Elephant Alliance how the circus treated
one animal: “She was a sweet little innocent brown bear who
never hurt anyone … but sometimes she had trouble balancing
on the high wire. She was then beaten with long metal rods
until she was screaming and bloody. She became so neurotic
that she would beat her head against her small cage. She
finally died”

FIGHTING BACK: Given half a chance, these intelligent captives
make their own feelings abundantly clear. In fact, since 1990,
at least 11 people have been killed and numerous others by
captive-elephant attacks. As the injuries to both humans and
elephants mount, the public has come to recognize that exotic
animals do not belong in circuses and cages, but rather in
their homelands with their families. As Officer Blaine Doyle,
who had to shoot 47 rounds into Janet, and elephant who ran
amok with three children on her back, noted: “I think these
elephants are trying to tell us that zoos and circuses are not
what God created them for … but we have not been listening”

LIFETIMES OF LONELINESS: After the animals have outlived their
performing ‘usefulness’, they are either permanently relegated
to winter quarters (often cages) or are sold to other circuses,
zoos, private menageries, game farms (to be shot for
“recreation” as Dick Cheney has been known to do or for
“exotic” meat), or even research laboratories. They often end
their lives no more peacefully or comfortably than they lived
them: in confinement, coercion, and misery.

*Information from: PETA Fact sheet "Animals in Entertainment #4"

For more info, undercover videos, and flyers, go to:
Copied from infoshop.org
* [Ad. Note: antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct
action collectives]

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