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Animals In Print
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14 April 2003 Issue

What to Do if the Circus Is Coming to Your Town


As Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus continues its 2003 American tour, the ASPCA is reminding animal lovers about the abuse that circus life inflicts upon elephants--and asking for your help in putting an end to it. If the circus is coming to your town, please take the time to do the following:

* Tell your friends, family and coworkers not to go to the circus.

* Most people who attend the circus aren't aware of the suffering that goes on behind the scenes--elephants beaten with bullhooks, for example, and kept in chains for 20 hours a day. Spread the word by writing a letter to the editor of the local paper when Ringling Brothers is in the area. For ideas on what to include in your letter, visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center

* Talk to local merchants who have business partnerships with Ringling--i.e. grocery stores, radio stations that give away free or discounted tickets--and let them know that animals who perform in this circus are abused.

* Contact the venue that will be hosting Ringling Brothers' show and ask management to withdraw the invitation or, at the very least, not to invite them back next year.

* Urge your state representatives to support legislation to ban the use of elephants in circuses. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to lobby for this issue  



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