NYC: Protest the evil Ringling Brothers and their elephant-beating ways tonight! »
Lovely protest sign made for tonight by the lovely Jess Davis. Used entirely without her permission.
It’s billed as New York’s biggest circus protest in history and it’s tonight! I’m going to be there along with a few gagillion of my favorite animal lovers to tell Ringling that they are big d-bags! I hate them so much! How could you not? Eles are only the greatest animals and Ringling is so so evil to them.
The protest starts tonight at 6pm and goes until April 1st, at the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave.). Please make it out to protest at least one show! Down with Ringling! Down with bullhooks! Up with eles!
Protest the terrible circus in the SF Bay Area! Seriously, go, you will not regret speaking up for the elephants! »
Join Humanity Through Education to protest the terrible circus! Seriously, the circus blows balls (not really, that would be more entertaining and less disgusting than the actual circus) so we must stand up and say HELL NO, CIRCUS. If you love elephants very much, and I KNOW you love elephants very much, then you’ll make your way to one of these events. And seriously, they’re not scary and you meet some great, passionate people and afterwards you can totally binge eat to reward yourself for being the best person alive.
Take it away, Humanity Through Education:
Your voice is needed to oppose Ringling’s horrible, inhumane practices and their lies regarding these practices. Please join Humanity Through Education to protest the circus and educate patrons about the inherent cruelty of using animals for entertainment.
Oakland Arena (7000 Coliseum Wy., Oakland, off of 880 at the 66th Ave exit). Aug. 8, 9, and 10 at 6 p.m., and Aug. 11 at 12:45 and 5:30 p.m. Please meet in front of the ticket booths.
San Jose Arena (525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose). Aug. 15, 16, 17 at 6 p.m., and Aug. 18 at 12:45 and 5:30 p.m. Please meet on the corner of Santa Clara & Autumn Street.
Stockton Arena (248 West Fremont St., Stockton). Sept. 13 and 14 at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at 12:45 and 5:30 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 2:45 p.m. Please meet in front of the ticket booths.
Signs and leaflets are provided at each leafleting time listed above. For more information call (650) 248.4489 or email email@example.com. Note: 12:45 p.m. leafletting times are between two shows. It is very important to arrive on time for these leaflettings, as we first leaflet people exiting the early show, who come out quickly and en masse. If we are not set up by the time the early show is done, we will miss our opportunity to educate these people. After the early show crowd disperses, we will turn and leaflet the people attending the later show.
This week: Protest the disgusting circus in Santa Cruz & Napa! »
I’m just gonna copy and paste the announcement because it has all the news you need and I can’t write too much about this or I’ll get too mad and burn the house down! Here goes:
Join Humanity Through Education to protest the Piccadilly Circus in Santa Cruz & Napa
Piccadilly Circus uses two elephants “owned” by Gatti Circus. The owner of Gatti forces one of the elephants to walk on her hind legs. This is the cruelest circus trick I have ever seen. Elephants are the heaviest four-legged animals and carry most of their weight on their front legs. Males get up on their hind legs to mount a female and an elephant may briefly stand on their hind legs to reach up into a tree but an elephant
NEVER walks on their hind legs. Forcing an elephant to walk on their hind
legs is physically unnatural, painful, and harmful for the elephant.
As well, the elephants are forced to live in severe confinement; either chained or kept in small pens. These living conditions are extremely boring and frustrating. As a result the elephants literally go crazy, endlessly swaying or rocking back and forth. This repetitive behavior only occurs in animals in captivity. All animals need to move about freely - when they cannot they suffer. You can watch the cruelty of Gatti Circus here and here.
Your voice is needed to oppose this horrible and inhumane practice. Please join Humanity Through Education to protest the circus and educate patrons, who have been very receptive to our message about the inherent cruelty of using animals for entertainment.
Signs and leaflets are provided at each leafleting time listed below. For
more information call Mark at 415.623.8604 or email Pat.
WHEN: Tue., November 8, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Santa Cruz Fairgrounds (2601 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, Calif.)
WHEN: Wed., November 9, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Napa Valley Expo (575 Third St. Napa, California)
At each leafleting, we will first leaflet the people exiting the early show and then immediately turn and leaflet the people coming into the later show. It is very important to arrive on time for these leafletings as the people exit quickly and if we are not set-up before the show is done, we will miss our opportunity to educate them.
And now, to combat the sadness of that post, here’s an adorable rescued ellie hanging with a dog at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee:
Help Anne, the abused UK circus elephant »
Animal Defenders International released some really disturbing footage of Anne, Britain’s last circus elephant, being kicked, stabbed and beaten. ADI secretly filmed the elephant for three and a half weeks over which period, the elephant was beaten repeatedly. You can read more and watch the video at the Daily Mail website. It’s pretty awful. I was so sad, that I made this picture for Anne. Sometimes Illustrator makes me feel better.
From ADI, here are some things you can do to help Anne:
- Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
- Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.
- Join our Street Team and raise awareness in your local area.
- Make a donation and help fund our campaign to end circus suffering.
- For more information, contact ADI. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For press enquiries, please contact ADI Media Relations Director Phil Buckley on 07716 018 250
UPDATE!: Like the Facebook page to get justice for Anne!
Bolivia’s ban on circus animals leads to rescue and rehoming of 25 lions! »
In November of last year, Animals Lebanon rescued a chimpanzee from his life as a literal roadside attraction in Lebanon, and rehomed him at a sanctuary in Brazil. This month, Animal Defenders International celebrates a similar victory, as 24 former circus lions were rescued from Bolivia and rehomed at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in “the open plains of Colorado, just 30 miles northeast of Denver.” And soon, they’ll have a 25th rescued lions! Hooray!
These lions came from different circuses all over the country, and all their stories are so sad. One had been kept in the same metal box she was came in when she was purchased as a cub. One is completely freaked out by brooms and other cleaning implements, as though he had had experienced some cleaning-equipment-related trauma before. You don’t mean to imply that people might have beaten him with brooms, do you? YES, YES WE DO. Some of them have trouble eating, behaving as though they are “convinced that the food is going to be taken away again.”
Obviously, circus animal abuse is not endemic to Bolivia—in fact, since 2009 Bolivia is the first and only country in the world “to put in place a national ban on the use of any and all animals in circuses.” FIRST and ONLY. Don’t you love comparing other countries to the U.S. and seeing how terrible we make it for animals here?
ADI reports that all of the rescued lions are adapting relatively well to their great big new living areas. Congratulations to the efforts of everyone involved in Operation Lion Ark: this is beautiful, heartening news.
UPDATE: A couple of you noted that China passed a similar law, which Laura posted about last week! Bolivia remains the only country to have outright banned using animals—domestic and wild!—in circuses; China no longer allows animal-exclusive circuses, and its protections for performing animals look quite strong. U.S. circuses, however, remain the devil’s work.
The circus fucking blows. And how you can help! »
All animal abuse is awful but many of us probably have our one issue that bothers us more than others and for me, it’s circuses with “performing” animals. ESPECIALLY the elephants. I love elephants! They are amazing! They are so totally cool and sweet and I love them. Juxtapose that with how horrifically they are treated—it’s despicable! They get electric shocks, and don’t forget about the disgusting bull hook. I would bull hook the heck out of those “trainers,” I swear. As far as animal abuse videos go, this one just kills me. I won’t watch it ever again because I will cry and not leave my house for three days and then only emerge to be mean to people. It’s not of Ringling but trust me, there are plenty of Ringling videos too. I will give you permission not to watch this video because it is super-disturbing and I feel like vegans don’t have to watch that stuff since we are already vegans. Everyone who goes to the circus, however, should have to watch that video over and over.
Back to Coney Island: I already missed the big protest but we can still go out and meet with the protesters on any Wednesday through Sunday while the show is running. It’s running until fucking September. GOD! I’m about to cry! But I won’t because I’m a tough guy.
Anyway, everyone knows that Cirque du Soleil is way better than Ringling. Like, a million times better. And they don’t use any animals! Has anyone besides me seen the one that’s just in Vegas, O? It’s amaaaazing. My family and I went a few years ago and I was all like, “what’s this thing? I don’t know, I’m tired,” but then I went and it was SO AWESOME. Actually, it was so dope that I kind of can’t see any of the other ones because they are not as awesome.
Another thing I hate: how all the New Yorkers are so very enchanted by the whole elephants having to walk through Manhattan every year. OMG it’s just so totally amazing. I’m like, STFU JERKS! Why are people so selfish? Probably because it’s our world and animals are just here for entertainment and food because they can’t protect themselves from the cancer called humans. Right on!
[illustration by Megan Rascal]
[Ed.: Crappily, the circus will be coming to the SF Bay Area in August and September. If you’re interested in heading out and educating circus-goers of the crappiness behind the tents, please holler at the fine folks with Humanity Through Education.They make it really easy to show up, grab some leaflets and signs, and help the animals of the circus! And check out Ringling Abuses Animals for other stuff you can do too.]
Rest stops for beavers, delicious trichinosis, hating on bacon, Tamale Fest and more in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Vegan Tamale Fest at Papalote on Saturday!!!! Yes! That’s tomorrow, Dec. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. at the 3409 24th St. at Valencia Street location. Bay Area vegans, you are obligated to show up and eat as many tamales as you possibly can. Then, buy more to take home and freeze. Where there’s demand, there’ll be supply!
Wir liebe euch, beavers! Berlin cares about its minuscule beaver population—made up of younger beavers who’d left the rural colony to seek their fortunes in the capital—so much that the city built them a rest stop in the Spree river. Consider my heart warmed.
Let’s be friends on Facebook, anti-bacon vegans.
Sweden’s burning of 3,000 wild rabbits as an alternate to heating oil is the number-one “Oddball News Story” of 2009? You crazy (asshole) for this one, Time.
If asked to design a USB stick that was “neutral in appearance and lack[ed] emotional appeal,” would you cover it in real animal fur? No? That actually makes you sick to your stomach? Get out of my aesthetics.
I use that “the world is fucked" tag for almost every link-o-rama, because of things like this slide show of Ringling Bros. “trainers” using electrical shocks to “teach” baby elephants “fun circus tricks.” Humans are the best!!!
Dang it you guys, San Francisco is running out of sourdough bakeries. I have no idea, but it’s true. Looks like 2010 is the year of getting some starter and learning to make your own sourdough loaves.
People used to get trichinosis all the time from eating pigs; now they get it from eating bears. BEARS. Also walruses, deer, cougar, and wild boar (Pollan!). The solution, according to a scientists at the CDC: keep eating bear! Just use a meat thermometer, OK?
Animal studies have shown that diets lower in protein lead to longer lives. Is this a net win for us who don’t eat meat, or a net loss because all the fucking studies were performed on fucking animals who didn’t sign up to live in a lab on reduced rations? Yes, I’m even against experiments on fruit flies. It’s called compassion, asshole.
The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm was caught farming clams in a harbor seal refuge. Good move, guys; is there anything stupider than angering Marin environmentalists?
Vegansaurus contributor Zoë Stagg discusses cruelty-free (Christian) holidays with Eve of the SF Appeal at VidSF!
Finally, how about a recipe for vegan caramels laced with cardamom from Manifest: Vegan? Sounds amazing.
Activism corner: Protest the god-awful circus! »
All riled up about the truly staggering amount of bullshit in this world; brimming over with excess rage? Protest the motherfucking circus! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are in Oakland through Sunday, Aug. 16 and San Jose from Wednesday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 23rd, and Citizens for Cruelty-Free Entertainment has organized daily protests at both locations. Circus animals are subjected to the cruelest, most disgusting abuse of any animals involved in the entertainment industry—unlike those in films, whose safety isn’t even always guaranteed despite international exposure and serious oversight; circus animals do not get the help they so badly need.
Here at Vegansaurus, we encourage daily culinary activism by way of eating all the vegan food in the world but this is a way to do really effective direct action TODAY. People forget about circus animals, but they suffer for something so stupid as (REALLY REALLY BAD) entertainment. Honestly, if I’m going to the circus, I want to see ten human beings spelling out entertainment! preferably with their legs! while hanging from a high wire! YOU DIG!? What those Cirque du Soleil foolios can do with their bodies makes me feel grossly inadequate in the sack. THAT’S the kind of shiz kids should be seeing. If they want to see ANIMALS from the JUNGLES and SAVANNAS of AFRICA, pick up a BOOK. You don’t want your kids’ first exposure to these animals to be when they are drugged up, tied down and beaten. That’s not how you teach kids about animals. I mean, unless you want them to be a serial killer or something, then I guess the circus is great.