The Ringling Brothers are coming to Salt Lake City, UT, this Thursday, September 22nd, until Sunday, September 25th, and the nonprofit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking you to come and join the protest against the circus with them! The protests will be held one and a half hours before each show every day, right in front of the Energy Solutions Arena at the intersection of South Temple and 300 West. The opening-day protest will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, from 11:45 AM until 1:00 PM, and the opening-night protest will take place later that day from 5:15 PM until 7:00 PM. Visit the official Facebook page for the rest of the times and dates. Come be the voice for the voiceless!
The Ringling Brothers brutally treat their baby elephants by shocking them with electric prods, striking them with sharp hooks, and slamming them to the ground. These elephants are bound tightly by ropes and forced into unnatural and difficult positions in order to learn circus tricks. Former Ringling Brothers employees have admitted that there is a “culture of abuse at the circus” and that the elephants are chained up for the majority of their lives (Elephant Mistreatment at Ringling Brothers). The Ringling Brothers have been charged multiple times for violating the Animal Welfare Act after more than four of their baby elephants died. Find out more about the mistreatment and pain that the Ringling Bros. inflict on their animals here.