Help Stop Ringling Bros. Expansion on Coney Island

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Originally Posted: 27 April 2009

Help Stop Ringling Bros. Expansion on Coney Island

Please take just a few seconds now to send a message to New York City officials and Taconic Investments' CEO letting them know that you'll be crossing Coney Island off your destination list as long as it's the home of animal abusers.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, contact these people directly:

CO-Founder and Co-CEO, Taconic Investments
Charles R. Bendit

CO-Founder and Co-CEO, Taconic Investments
Paul E. Pariser


New York City officials recently announced that the notorious elephant abusers at Ringling Bros. Circus will be at Coney Island for several months this summer thanks to a land donation from Taconic Investments. PETA has contacted the city and Taconic to let them know of Ringling's lengthy history of animal abuse and numerous eyewitness accounts of abuse from previous Ringling employees, but they refuse to sever ties with the animal-abusing act.

SAMPLE LETTER (write your own letter, use these as talking points)

I am shocked and disheartened to see that the city will permit Ringling Bros. to set up a circus this summer on Coney Island. By allowing these performances, Taconic Investment Partners and the city are endorsing cruelty to animals.

The circus rips baby elephants away from their mothers and forces them into a life of pain, humiliation, and loneliness. Animals used in the circus are beaten with bullhooks, whipped, and shocked with electric prods in order to force them to perform physically painful and confusing tricks. Animals are denied the fulfillment of all their natural instincts.

I won't visit Coney Island as long as it's the home of animal abusers, and I will urge my friends and family to do the same. Please let me know immediately that you will help prevent a lifetime of suffering for animals in circuses by cancelling plans to host Ringling for the summer.

Thank you...

Click here to see a video of some of the ways Ringling employees have hurt animals.

Click here to visit our image gallery of abuse to elephants.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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