February 20th, 2014 by Eric Phelps
Brooklyn, New York (February 20, 2014) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) and numerous other animal protection and political organizations are joining forces to protest Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on opening night at Barclays Center. Hundreds of protestors united last year for Ringling’s first performance at the Center, making it one of the largest demonstrations ever on the East Coast.
Young dancers with Brooklyn’s own Cynthia King Dance Studios will also be back this year carrying signs that read “Ballerinas Against Bullhooks” and “Circuses Are Tutu Cruel” to share the message that they won’t give up as long as Ringling continues to exploit animals in the name of “entertainment.”
What: Opening Night Protest of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus When: Thursday, February 20, 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: In front of Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Ringling is under fire for its brutal treatment of animals and has been embroiled in controversy for forcing ailing, arthritic elephants to perform; for its record of tuberculosis-infected elephants; for its brutal use of bullhooks and chains; and for tearing baby elephants away from their mothers for violent training that includes prolonged restraint and physical punishment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined Ringling an unprecedented $270,000 to settle charges of welfare violations—the largest fine ever assessed against an animal exhibitor.
“Ringling, and any other form of “entertainment” that uses animals, has no place in modern society,” said Nicole Meyer, Director of IDA’s Elephant Protection Campaign. “Ringling is on record for its relentless abuse of animals and people need to know if they choose to buy tickets, that money directly supports animal suffering.”
For more information about circus cruelty, please visit www.idausa.org