The leafleting/pro-Moscow circus demo was the result of
great teamwork (and the helpfulness of the internet):
Taffy Williams of NY Whale and Dolphin Action League
told me about this circus - as I said, there was ZERO advance press,
When we realized it was getting no promotion, Julie
Serenson of Friends of the Yonkers Animal Shelter created a poster
announcing the Moscow circus (which is animal-free). We personally
distributed it to stores, churches, etc.
When I announced we were going to attend, Molly
Hamilton-Mann inquired about what we were going to leaflet with. My
intention was to just use Peta circus-animal cruelty leaflets. Molly
suggested we create a THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING AN ANIMAL-FREE CIRCUS flyer.
I realized she was right. This is the flyer I created:
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING AN ANIMAL - FREE
“BUT FOR THE USE OF PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT BY THEIR
OPPRESSORS, ANIMALS WOULD NEVER BE A PART OF A CIRCUS”
- ACTOR/COMEDIAN RICHARD PRYOR,
TO FORCE WILD ANIMALS TO PERFORM UNNATURAL ACTS,
TRAINERS USE WHIPS, MUZZLES, ELECTRIC PRODS AND BULLHOOKS. IN THEIR REAL
HOMES, THESE ANIMALS WOULD BE FREE TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES, FORAGE FOR FOOD
AND PLAY TOGETHER. INSTEAD THE CIRCUS FORCES THEM TO PERFORM NIGHT AFTER
NIGHT, FOR 50 WEEKS EVERY YEAR. BETWEEN ACTS, ELEPHANTS ARE KEPT CHAINED
AND TIGERS ARE ‘STORED’ IN CAGES WITH BARELY ENOUGH ROOM TO TAKE ONE STEP.
A CIRCUS TIGER DIED OF HEAT STROKE ON JULY 14 WHILE RIDING IN A POORLY
VENTILATED BOXCAR. FOR MORE CIRCUS TRAGEDIES VISIT
THERE ARE ALSO PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS : AS WELL AS
DOCUMENTED RAMPAGES IN NYS, A CIRCUS TRIED TO BRING TB-INFECTED ELEPHANTS
INTO WESTCHESTER COUNTY. ANY RESULTING LAWSUITS COULD EFFECT PROPERTY
PLEASE TELL YONKERS MAYOR PHILIP AMICONE AND COUNTY
EXECUTIVE ANDREW SPANO HOW MUCH YOU ENJOYED THIS
Andrew Spano: Ceo@westchestergov.com
One other activist also came to help - thanks, Julie!
Every person and organization who is concerned about cruelty to animals
should be actively involved and assist us in our efforts."
With your help we were able to get this circus into the
newspapers, as might not have happened without the press release and 'demo.'
Thanks to the tiny 'extended army' this effort was a
success. (and inadvertent perfect timing after the tiger incident). Never
doubt the value and necessity of 'getting the message out.' The animals
have a desperate situation; it's the least we can do.