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PETA set to protest the circus every day it's in Denver (PHOTOS)

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Kelsey Whipple
A small but sturdy herd of PETA activists is stomping its feet against the circus' stay in Denver.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals supporters took their grievances against Ringing Bros. & Barnum & Bailey's treatment of its elephants to the front of the coliseum this afternoon in hopes that their protest will stay at the forefront of people's minds -- and keep them from buying a ticket.

The greatest show on Earth marks its opening night tonight at 7, and although its opponents' afternoon protest ended at 1 p.m., they'll be back from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight. In fact, they'll be back every night the circus is here, with shifts planned daily until its final show October 9.

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Photos by Kelsey Whipple
"PETA is protesting the routine physical and psychological abuse against elephants associated with Ringling that has been happening since their inception," say PETA assistant campaigner Matt Bruce, one of a handful of activists forming a group organized to protest every stop on the circus' tour.

The nineteen-strong group received a generous amount of supportive honks and nods from passing cars at its busy stop on 44th Street across from the Denver Coliseum. Carrying homemade and mass-produced signs alike, the volunteers drew attention to photos PETA publicizes on its anti-Ringling sister site, the aptly named ringlingbeatsanimals.com, to show evidence of abuse against elephants at the hands of the circus company. (Note: Only click on that link if you have a strong stomach. Seriously.)

Bruce, who drops mentions of pokers and bull hooks casually during his conversation, cites one elephant as a particular focus among the eleven in this touring unit. "Sarah is coming here tonight, and she collapsed in Anaheim about a month ago as a result of Ringling's treatment," Bruce says. "She's forced to perform every night despite suffering from a potentially life-threatening arthritis and a raging infection in her vulva that is oozing pus."

Ouch. The group, organized primarily through e-mail and PETA's website, has scheduled sixteen remaining protest times in addition to tonight's.

A representative from Ringling has not yet been reached for comment. If and when we hear back, we'll update this post.

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FreeSarah
FreeSarah

The USDA has cited Ringling Bros. several times for not providing Sarah with adequate veterinary care. She needs to be removed from the circus. More than 8,000 people agree: http://www.change.org/petition...

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

I'd like to tank peta for their protest. If they hadn't protested I would have forgotten to buy tickets to the show!

Derp McGurk
Derp McGurk

I doubt "Bruce" is a veterinarian, and I wonder why he's so in-tune with an elephant's vulva.  

Eric
Eric

For lack of a better way of expressing it, bless these peoples' hearts.

For those who don't know it, the circus as Ringling Brothers does it, is one nasty business.

Large, wild, strong animals that don't want to act the fool are made to do just that, with beatings on either end whether they comply with handlers' heavy handed instructions or not.

The people that work these acts are just makin' a living, I get that, and it's been going on for a long time, but that doesn't balance out the fact that the animals used are basically tortured, kept in squalid conditions, exposed to awful temperature ranges, and in constant state of stress. Terrified of being whipped. Hooked. Imagine living that way your entire life.

PETA catches a lot of shit, no doubt. Some people look at animal rights organizations in very negative light, but guarantee things would be a lot worse for animals, both domestic and wild, without them.

At leasr circus goers are exposed to the truth, the heart rending actuality of that industry when they go past the protesters.

 

Lo9965
Lo9965

Perhaps the money you would be using to buy tickets encouraging the further abuse of these animals could be put to better use--a typing or spelling class should be your first priority.  

Eric
Eric

"tank"?

It kind of figures. 

Erynswissdorf
Erynswissdorf

 puss is puss, no mistaking it. try not going to the doctor if you get a dick infection...you wouldnt im sure because its painful.. +someone+ has to stick up for those who suffer with a sickness while the world watches.

Eric
Eric

You think that's funny, asshole?

Read the story dipshit

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That vulva description was definitely vivid, wasn't it?

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