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Promoting Hell & Horror in the Valley

By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published April 13, 2014

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 I was considering a number of possible blog topics: The media's cud-chewing regarding the missing folks from Flight 370. The lack of NEWS" whilst  the media chews their cud...re: 370, my explanations of why Jews celebrate Pesach/Passover, and why the focus on  dietary meshuggieness  of Passover misses the point, Why you should NOT buy a live rabbit....and, now, thew Kansas City shootings.
I must say, some of these topics important, some fun,some controversial, but the hell and horrors of the circus are stuck in my mind.
When Eric Ryan tells me how popular the circus is, here in Y-town, in THIS century, befuddled is an understatement.
I'm sure there was a time that my parents took us to the circus...probably preceded with yelling and, most likely, followed by some level of violence at home, at the very least, more yelling and threats: "if I hear ANY noise up here, I'll be back, fists flying".
In fairness to my parents, what they probably didn't know, was that the circus they were promoting by going, was fueled and filled with violence,abuse and neglect. The difference TODAY, is that those that attend the circus KNOW about SOME of the hell and horrors, yet,some still go!  :

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is known for its long history of abusing animals. In 1929, John Ringling ordered the execution of a majestic bull elephant named Black Diamond after the elephant killed a woman who had been in the crowd as he was paraded through a Texas city. Twenty men took aim and pumped some 170 bullets into Black Diamond's body, then chopped off his bullet-ridden head and mounted it for display in Houston, Texas. Ringling's cruel treatment of animals continues today.

Elephants in Ringling's possession are chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars for an average of more than 26 straight hours—and often 60 to 70 hours at a time—when the circus travels. Even former Ringling employees have reported that elephants are routinely abused and violently beaten with bullhooks (an elephant-training tool that resembles a fireplace poker), in order to force them to perform tricks.

Since 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Ringling numerous times for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), such as the following:

  • Improper handling of dangerous animals
  • Failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals, including an elephant with a large swelling on her leg, a camel with bloody wounds, and a camel injured on train tracks
  • Causing trauma, behavioral stress, physical harm, and unnecessary discomfort to two elephants who sustained injuries when they ran amok during a performance
  • Endangering tigers who were nearly baked alive in a boxcar because of poor maintenance of their enclosures
  • Failure to test elephants for tuberculosis
  • Unsanitary feeding practices

At least 30 elephants, including four babies, have died since 1992, including an 8-month-old baby elephant named Riccardo who was destroyed after he fractured his hind legs when he fell from a circus pedestal. Elephants are not the only animals with Ringling to suffer tragic deaths. In 2004, a 2-year-old lion died of apparent heatstroke while the circus train crossed the Mojave Desert.

ADI’s “Stop Circus Suffering, USA” Video

...and, that's just PART of the HELL and HORROR that attendees support!

So, my question to you, to those, considering attending, therefore supporting this hell and horror, if you go,  what will YOU tell your children, when they learn that YOU supported this hell and horror and took THEM, KNOWING the cruelty behind the scenes?


~Louie b.


1lbf(180 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Circus Protest

Please message me here or email me at youngstowncircusprotest@gmail.com

We are protesting the return of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to the Covelli Centre.

Friday, April 25th: 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 26th: 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 27th: 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Monday, April 28th: 7:00 PM

Please let me know if you are able to commit to a certain time frame. We need folks to be there ONE HOUR before each show time. We are seeking people to help make a difference and create an impact. We need to advocate for the animals.

Animals are NOT for our entertainment and it’s no secret that animals get abused for our entertainment. Imagine baby elephants, pulled from their herd shortly after birth, shipped, then begin their training with ropes, beaten with bull hooks, forced to perform.
Performing animals live their entire lives in trailers traveling from show to show, often endure long unhealthy journeys across the world in crowded, stuffy conditions. Worse, they suffer beating by their handlers in order to get them to perform UNNATURAL acts. Animals are not meant to dance, sit up on their hind legs, jump through fiery hoops. You may have heard that circus animals go wild and tromp their handlers to death. Who can blame them, to escape from such a life filled with discomfort and pain? The animals do not make any money, humans do. And if you go to the circus, you are paying for them to suffer.

Things will never change unless people stand up and make a difference. Indifference never solves anything - Please get involved. This is your chance to make a difference!!!"


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