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September 2, 2009 

Boycott the circus in Everett & Kent—tell others!

Sadly, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus is coming to Kent's new Showare Center this weekend, September 3-7, in addition to Everett's Comcast Arena September 9-13. PAWS needs your help passing this message on to boycott Ringling! Many circus goers attend the circus because they love animals, especially elephants. What they don't realize, or are not yet convinced of, is by attending circuses that use animals they are supporting an industry which callously exploits and abuses animals for its financial gain.

Stand up for circus animals today—kindly ask your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to boycott the circus and to pass this message on! Point out NBC's recent coverage of Ringling, which describes the lawsuit filed against them for their mistreatment of Asian elephants and for violating the Endangered Species Act. Both sides have rested their case in this suit and are now awaiting a decision from the judge.

Ringling Bros. has a shameful history of brutally forcing its animals to perform unnatural acts using violence and intimidation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Ringling hundreds of times for repeatedly breaching minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. A former Ringling employee (and plaintiff in the lawsuit against Ringling) describes what he witnessed as "daily systematic abuse."

As communities learn more about the shocking training techniques and appalling living conditions that circus animals endure, many citizens have abandoned circuses that exploit animals. Ringling can no longer fill larger stadiums in Tacoma or Seattle, so they retreat to smaller venues in Kent and Everett and offer free tickets. Now more than ever it's time to show circuses, like Ringling, that the Northwest will not support them.

More ways you can take action for circus animals:

  • At the bottom of the page of the NBC story please rate the story at five stars: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30809719. Even though the story aired in May, you can still demonstrate to mainstream media that stories which talk about the treatment of circus animals matters to you.
  • Check out local and national animal-free circuses and other ways to support animal-free circuses at: /outreach/campaigns/circus.php

On behalf of circus animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you!


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