Friends, it is that sad time of year again. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in the NW, tempting families with advertisement that promise fun and excitement – in Kent September 24-27, 2015 and Everett October 01-04, 2015. So many don’t know what happens to elephants behind the scenes or the horror of keeping wild creatures in captivity at all. We owe it to the elephants to share their story and prove to the circus that they are not welcome here. Circus attendance is down year over year – they used to come to three cities in the NW, now only two, and those have smaller attendance because of the education, demonstrations, and efforts of vegans and animal lovers.
Why do circuses with live animal acts still persist? Because families buy tickets because they don’t know any better. They don’t know what we know. There are three ideas on how you can help the elephants on their way to our shores.
1. Come out to some of the protests when the circus is in town. The more people the stronger and more positive our message. Elephants deserve better than to be beaten into performing for us. Teach people on their way into the circus and hold the circus and the venues accountable for their actions. People are the problem. We must be the solution. Here you can RSVP with the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) for the days that you can go. Kids are welcomed and encouraged! Make signs. Have fun!
2. Contact the venues that continue to host the circus. Tell them that they are profiting off of cruelty, share videos and photos with them, and tell them that you’ll boycott all events and tell your friends about their pro-cruelty stance unless they cancel future circus.
3. Share information about the circus online. Whoever your followers are, they know people who are going to the circus and don’t know any better. This is the best way to get the word out BEFORE the circus arrives. Share images and videos. Here are some resources you can start with, but your own personal message is always best.
- Share this video plea from Edie Falco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL7KjKj6maI
- Join the Pacific NW Against Circus Cruelty group and share what they post.
- Images for sharing yourself on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – some more violent and real, some softer. Link to the protest events you are going to or some place they can read more.
Sorry if I bummed you out, but sometimes being vegan means more than just amazing food and parties. Alas. We have to work to end the exploitation of animals everywhere, not just on our plates. I’m at the airport right now, about to board a flight to Europe to attend the International Animal Rights Conference and I’m inspired by all of you!