Four California Humane Societies Call For Ringling Circus Boycott
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In Defense of Animals (IDA)
August 2011

[Ed. Note: Watch Ringling Bros. Elephant Abuse to see why it's wonderful that official humane societies have asked for people to boycott circus abuse.]

On August 5, The Marin Humane Society, East Bay SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and the Sacramento SPCA called for a boycott of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, citing the company's routine abuse of animals.

From their news release:

Northern California animal welfare agencies agree: The use of animals as circus performers is an outdated and inhumane concept. Behind the scenes trainers often use whips, bullhooks, electric prods and other painful tools to force animals to perform tricks. When not performing, animals are kept in small, cramped cages for days at a time with little monitoring. Circuses have long been suspected of training animals through such coercive means as beating and whipping elephants on the head, face, ears and trunk.

IDA applauds these agencies for taking the lead in making their communities more humane. We'd love to see this idea spread across the country! Please contact your humane society or SPCA and ask them to take a similar, public position against circuses that abuse animals.

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