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NJ Demos Against Ringling Bros Circus


From: New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance

Sent: February 22, 2007

Subject: [Njara Alert] NJ Demos Against Ringling Bros Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus brings animal cruelty into our neighborhood at the Continental Arena, East Rutherford, NJ from March 7, through March 12, 2007. Ringling claims to bring "adrenaline-pounding trapeze and the amazing animals in a performance packed full of the latest in 21st Century technology" There is nothing 21st century about forcing endangered exotic wild animals to perform tricks they don't understand, are stressful and painful for them to do and something they would never do in the wild if it were not for the trainers who use bullhooks http://circuses.com/bullhooks.asp , whips, and electric prods used on the most sensitive parts of the animals bodies. Constant fear, trauma, intimidation, and loneliness is what circus animals endure everyday.

In the wild female Asian elephants stay with their mothers their whole lives and live in a family environment with aunts, and sisters who love and care for one another. Instead Ringling elephants have been stripped of all that is natural to them, separated from their mothers and beaten into submission to perform tricks. Ringling elephants, tigers, camels, horses, llamas spend 11 months of the year traveling in train cars through extreme cold and hot temperatures. Ringling uses a gray powder on the elephants skin called Wonder Dust to hide and conceal fresh wounds and punctures caused by the bullhook.

Ringling's own employees have recently reported of routine animal abuse, elephants living in fear of beatings, horses beaten and whipped and traveling in filthy, miserable transport conditions. http://www.circuses.com/ringling_employees_tell.asp
There are humane ways for children to learn about animals then at a circus, http://www.peta.org/feat-circusmom.asp
In the past ten years, 24 endangered Elephants have died in Ringling's care, some were baby Asian elephants http://www.circuses.com/feat/babykillers/factfiction.html
Please speak of for the animals, bring your school mates, friends, family and attend a demonstration and just say NO TO ANIMAL CIRCUSES!

Where: Continental Arena, Rutherford, NJ
When: Wednesday, March 7, 6:30PM-8:30PM (7:30PM Show) Opening Show
Thursday, March 8, 6:30PM-8:00PM (7:30PM Show)
Friday, March 9, 6:30PM-8:00PM (7:30PM Show)

Saturday, March 10, 2:00PM-4:00PM (3:00PM Show)
Saturday, March 10, 6:30PM-8:00PM (7:30PM Show)

Sunday, March 11, 2:00PM-4:00PM (3:00PM Show)
Sunday, March 11, 6:30PM-8:00PM (7:30PM Show)

Monday, March 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM (7:30PM Show) Last Show

Please RSVP to Claudia Rose at 917-664-0516 or nocircusanimals@optonline.net if you would like to attend, as some times may change if not enough people commit. For more information on animal circuses please visit www.circuses.com.

NJ-ARA NoAnimalCircuses Committee

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