Animals In Print
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14 April 2003 Issue
What to Do if the Circus Is Coming to Your Town
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP ELEPHANT ABUSE AT CIRCUSES
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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