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Sit the circus out, and pass it on!

Ringling Brother’s is back in town at Everett’s Comcast Arena September 8—11.  If you’ve read past PAWS alerts on Ringling’s circus, you know it’s no fun for the animals. But do your friends, family and coworkers know?

Tell your family, neighbors and coworkers—circuses that use animals may seem like a family affair, but they’re actually agony for the animals! Kindly urge them to sit the circus out and pass it on. Point out Sarah’s tragic incident—a Ringling elephant who collapsed after a performance in California.  Prior to her fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the circus for failing to treat Sarah’s serious infection.

Photo: Circus animals, like these elephants, are often forced to perform unnatural behaviors (standing upright, jumping through hoops, etc.) by use of electric prods, spiked metal hooks, and whips. 

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Many circus goers attend the circus because they are searching for inexpensive family fun and they love animals, especially elephants. However, they don’t realize that by attending circuses such as Ringling, they are supporting an industry which callously exploits and abuses animals for its financial gain. For circus animals, life is a monotonous and brutal routine of boredom, stress and pain. Transported in cattle cars or trucks in all extremes of weather, circus animals keep a grueling schedule and perform even when they are exhausted or sick.

Traveling animal acts perpetuate animal cruelty, inhumane care, public safety hazards and distorted images of wildlife. Together we can stand up for these animals by telling others not to support an industry that abuses them, and pass it on!

Want more ways to help Ringling’s animals?

    • The Moisture Festival is a family-oriented comedy and vaudeville style festival held each spring in Seattle.
    • Cirque du Soleil travels nation-wide performing spectacular theme-based shows with magnificent costumes and acrobatics.
    • Teatro ZinZanni is an elaborate three-hour experience of cirque, comedy and cabaret all served up with a five-course feast.

On behalf of all animals exploited in circuses, thank you!

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