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Animal-rights group plans circus protest at school



Published: Thu, October 8, 2009 @ 12:10 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say they’ll bolster security outside a Cleveland elementary school to foil animal rights activists from confronting children.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, planned to station a person dressed as a banged-up circus elephant outside Marion-Sterling Elementary School this afternoon. The group will try to give out brochures with images of elephants the activists claim were abused by the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, coming soon to Cleveland.

School district spokeswoman Angela Buford says the protest could traumatize the students. PETA says what’s disturbing are the tactics of circuses.

Ringling spokesman Steve Payne calls PETA’s plan a “cheap stunt” and says the circus is involved in elephant conservation.


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