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Ringling Brothers Circus Protest
by Julie Dull (sosfjulie [at]
Monday Aug 12th, 2013 5:36 PM
We will holding signs and politely handing out flyers from Peta and if you have them, other organizations on circuses and how they treat elephants. Can someone create signs or bring what you have. Circuses are an antiquated vicious nasty horrible places and we need to SHUT THEM DOWN. The circus is at the Cow Palace August 31, 2013, bring water and a chair and flyers and your zen compassion.
Zoo enclosures are typically inadequate for the animals needs. For example, the average enclosure size for mammals in UK zoos is one hundred times smaller than their minimum home range in the wild.

Confining animals in artificial and often small enclosures inside zoos is stressful and causes them harm. Animals in zoos are bored and lonely creatures who spend their days shuffling, swaying and pacing back and forth, their eyes sad and empty.

Other stereotypic behaviours displayed as a result of intense boredom and suffering include rocking, over-grooming, mutilation, neck twisting, chewing and bar biting, hyper-aggression, abnormal maternal behaviour and feeding disorders.

Instead of funnelling money into zoos, money should be redirected to wild animal conservation. For example the money could be better spent:

-Establishing protected reserves

-Funding anti-poaching patrols

-Educating people about wildlife and the need for conservation

-Lobbying for legislation to protect wildlife (from poachers and habitat destruction)

If you visit zoos you are contributing to this suffering. Today's wildlife programmes can give viewers a much greater understanding and appreciation of these animals than zoos ever could. If you truly care about animals and conservation turn on the T.V and make a donation to one of the many wildlife charities working to save animals in the wild.

If the possibility of re-introduction of the species into the wild is a farce, then zoos only exist to preserve those species in captivity. Keeping animals in zoos harms them, by denying them freedom to carry out their lives naturally. While humans may feel that there is some justifying benefit to their captivity, there is no compensating benefit to the individual animals. Should a handful of individual animals be forced to live out life sentences just so humans can simply satisfy their curiosity?

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by Pat Cuviello
Monday Aug 12th, 2013 10:08 PM
My group Humanity Through Education has been organizing the Bay Area protests against Ringling for past 12 years. Prior to that I was organizing the protests through Animal Rights Connection. Ringling arrives this week and YOUR VOICE is needed to oppose Ringling’s horrible, inhumane and demeaning treatment of animals AND their lies regarding these practices. Please join Humanity Through Education to protest the circus and educate patrons about the inherent cruelty of using animals for entertainment. There are more Bay Area dates this year -- so your help is greatly needed. Signs and leaflets are provided at each leafleting time listed below. For more information call 650.248.4489 or email San Francisco Bay Area Leafleting Schedule for Ringling Bros. Circus OAKLAND ARENA, OAKLAND Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland (off of 880 Freeway @ 66th Ave exit) Please meet in front of the ticket booths. Thu ... Aug 15 ... 6p Fri ..... Aug 16 ... 6p Sat .... Aug 17 ... 1:15p* and 6p ... Sun .... Aug 18 ... 2:45p* Mon ... Aug 19 ... 6p SAN JOSE ARENA Location: 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose Please meet on the corner of Santa Clara & Autumn Street. Wed ... Aug 21 ... 6p Thu ... Aug 22 ... 6p Fri ... Aug 23 ... 6p Sat .... Aug 24 ... 12:45p* and 6p Sun .... Aug 25 ... 2:45p* Mon ... Aug 26 ... 6p COW PALACE, DALY CITY Location: 2600 Geneva Ave Daly City, CA 94014 Please meet at front doors. Thu ... Aug 29 ... 6p Fri ... Aug 30 ... 6p Sat .... Aug 31 ... 1:15p* and 6p Sun .... Sep 1 ... 2:45p* Mon ... Sep 2 ... 1:15p* STOCKTON ARENA Location: 248 West Fremont Street, Stockton Please meet in front of the ticket booths. Fri…Sept. 20…5:30p Sat… Sept. 21…1:15p* and 6p Sun…Sept 22…2:45p* * Denotes a leafleting in between two shows. It is very important to arrive on time for these leafletings as we first leaflet people exiting the early show, who come out quickly and en masse. If we are not set-up by the time the early show is done, we will miss our opportunity to educate these people. After the early show crowd disperses, we will turn and leaflet the people attending the later show. Ringling Bros.' abuse of animals is well documented and includes: (1) depriving the animals of everything that is important to them including freedom of choice, family, a natural habitat, adequate food and water when needed; and (2) the infliction of pain through the use of Bullhooks (a sharp weapon resembling a fireplace poker), whips and electro-shocks. Pat Cuviello Humanity Through Education