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Ringling Bros. Truck at Comcast Arena with The Important People.

Oh, Joy!  The circus came to town again in Everett, WA.  This was my second year protesting at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  There were a total of 7 shows at the Comcast Arena this year:

  • 1 on Thursday 8/23
  • 1 on Friday 8/24
  • 3 on Saturday 8/25
  • 2 on Sunday 8/26

Standing Up for All Animal Slaves – 8/26/12

Why do I protest the circus?

Because I don’t think animals belong in the circus, period.  Animals are not consenting performers.  Animals in the circus are captive slaves.  Corporate entities have no right to exploit animals for their own profit.  Animals do not exist for the purpose of entertaining people.

It’s frustrating to listen to claims that ignorant people make– that circus animals are “all treated with great love and attention.”  I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or bash my head against the wall when I hear that!

“Treatment” is not the issue for me.  No degree of welfare regulation will ever make it okay to dominate elephants, big cats and other animals for a life of servitude.  These animals deserve the right to live their own lives.  Just like “humane meat” is an oxymoron, so is the fantasy concept of a humane animal circus.

My Sign (Photo Credit – Tim Sage)

However…

  1. Cruel treatment IS a reality and has been well documented.  Check out www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com
  2. Circus training techniques are inherently abusive.
  3. The tour schedule and travel logistics alone are inherently cruel.

Think about #3, the tour schedule for a circus animal…

“Circus animals” (elephants, big cats, horses, llamas, and goats) are on the road week after week, month after month, and year after year.  Each tour city has multiple show dates.  Between shows, the animals travel to the next city.

We are all well aware of how stressful tour schedules can be for human performers in music, right?  Yet, even human stage performers don’t go on tour year after year, for their whole lives.

Now that the show in Everett is over, the “Gold Tour” will continue traveling on…

Kent, WA…8/31 – 9/03
Nampa, ID…9/07 – 9/09
Portland, OR…9/13 – 9/16
Billings, MT…9/20 – 9/23
Bismarck, ND…9/28 – 9/30
Des Moines, IA…10/04 – 10/07
Peoria, IL…10/12 – 10/14
Champaign, IL…10/19 – 10/21
Bethlehem, PA…10/25 – 10/28
Wilkes Barre, PA…11/01 – 11/04

Meanwhile, 2 other groups of voluntary human performers and involuntary animal performers are traveling in other parts of the U.S. in the “Blue Tour” and “Red Tour.”  It looks like these money-making tours will never end.

This nightmare for animals won’t end unless caring people will make a stand en masse.  People everywhere need to show up at the circus arenas in protest– refusing to support, refusing to fund, refusing to attend these barbaric shows.

Now…

Read how Ringling Bros. performs some moral gymnastics…attempting to bend, twist and stretch blatant animal cruelty into a benign form of “happy” family entertainment.  The following quoted excerpts are from the Animal Care FAQ page of the www.ringling.com website.  My questions and comments are indicated by the >>>>

“Ringling Bros. exceeds all federal animal welfare standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Animal Welfare Act.”

>>>>  If that is true, then how come Ringling was slapped with the largest penalty in circus history?  (Click the link to learn more.)

“They [staff] meet the animals’ physical needs with nutritious foods and regular veterinary attention and their mental needs by providing a stimulating environment.”

>>>> View this video of an elephant swaying neurotically.  Is this the behavior of a thriving animal?  (Footage was taken by a fellow protester at the Everett show.)

An elephant is under the blue awning. Comcast Arena is a stimulating environment for animals. (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

Close-up of the elephant under the blue awning. (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

“In arenas where space permits, our animal facility is outdoors and in the full view of the public.”

Comcast Arena covered up the holes in the wall with wood during the Ringling show…so that the public could have “full view” of the animal facilities. (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

That black material is not usually on the gate. It was put there so that the animal facility at Comcast Arena would remain in “full view” of the public. (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

”Our animals are great performers, because their routines are tailored to each animal’s natural abilities and individual preferences which we observe during their playtime. Reinforced through a system of reward and repetition, these abilities and behaviors are linked together on cue which ultimately becomes the routine that you see at a Ringling Bros. Circus.”

Mother Jones Article – December 2011

December 2011 Mother Jones article – “The Cruelest Show on Earth”

Read the Mother Jones article here.

“We can’t say it enough:  Ringling Bros. loves animals as much as you do!”

>>>>  Wrong.  Ringling can “say it” all they want, but a lie is still a lie.  Actions speak much, much louder than words.  Love and exploitation cannot coexist.  The only thing that Ringling “loves” is the money that the animals bring.

Boycott the Circus! The guy holding that sign told me that he saw my “Abolish Slavery” sign from a car he was riding in. He asked his friend to drop him off so that he could join the protest. Great guy! (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

I am for abolition! (Photo credit – Tim Sage)

GO VEGAN.

Only *YOU* can stop the unnecessary exploitation of sentient beings.

As long as animals are made to perform in the circus…there will be people protesting the circus!

Every day that I go to work, I nearly go crazy…and here’s why…

Chicken Lasagna with Creamy White Sauce

The food. Nursing home food. It’s the same everywhere, so I‘m not picking on my employer. In my 15-year career as an Occupational Therapist, I’ve worked in at least a couple dozen Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF).  Hospital food is no different- I’ve worked in plenty of them, too.

The food at all of these places for sick and functionally impaired folks is abysmal.  Can we really call it food?  Make no mistake- this is a system-wide “healthcare” (i.e.- “keep you sick”) problem.  Shall we thank our government and the USDA?

Here is an average diagnosis list for the typical patient I see in rehabilitation every day:  HTN (high blood pressure), Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), CAD (coronary artery disease), DM (diabetes), OA (osteoarthritis), and dementia.

Many have a history of CVA (stroke) and/or cancer.  Also, recurrent “antibiotic resistant” urinary tract infections are all too common ( MRSA – Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).

This week I met a relatively rare specimen.  She’s a “younger” woman (i.e. 70 years old) who fractured her leg while pruning a garden tree.  She said to me, “I eat organic.  I juice my vegetables.  I eat kale.”  She was “horrified” (her words) to have been served a hot dog and french fries for dinner on her first evening (with cake for dessert!)  I truly felt her pain.

Now, let’s say you were admitted to the SNF with a CABG x 4 (a four-vessel Coronary Artery Bypass Graft) at mid-morning that same day.  What did your nurse’s aide bring you for lunch?

“Beef Pot Roast, Baked Potato with Sour Cream, Green Beans and Strawberry Bavarian Cream with Whipped Topping.”

Translation?

Lunch:  beef, white potato, dairy, vegetable, white flour, sugar/HFCS, and oil/trans fats.

Dinner:  high-sodium/high-fat/high-Nitrite animal trimmings, fried white potato, refined flour, and refined sugar.

The menu comes from “Dietician Consulting Service.”  I guess these would be the Dieticians who promote chronic illness and death?  Gee whiz, I must be naive to assume that a Dietician’s JOB is to develop menu plans with good nutrition.

I still have a menu from last summer, when the residents/patients were served grilled cheeseburger, french fries, and a root beer float for lunch, and then 3-cheese macaroni and cheese, peas, dinner roll with margarine, and an ice cream bar for dinner.  I kid you not!

Can you believe that the daily meal plans consist primarily of meat, dairy, refined flour, white potatoes, refined sugar, unhealthy fats, and a very little vegetative matter?  This is a healthy, balanced diet?

Not according to my lady patient with the lower leg cast.  She must go out of her way to secure her own nourishing food.  Your new coronary artery graft doesn’t have a prayer.  There’s a very good chance you’ll become “vegetative” if you eat these non-nutritive substances.

Got fiber?  Nope.  Add your pain medications into the mix, and you’ve got some serious constipation.  (No problem- you can rely on Milk of Magnesia, enemas, and/or manual fecal extraction.)

Veggies- WHERE ARE YOU?!?

The “Dietician Consulting Service” menu is devoid of nutrient density.  It’s critically low in whole fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, beans, whole grains, and nuts/seeds. It’s critically low in fiber, phytochemicals (“phyto” means plant), anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s disease-promoting and death-promoting.

I haven’t even mentioned the fact that the animals eaten every morning, noon and evening of every day, of every week, for every meal on this menu come from the worst of the very worst of the Hell holes called factory farms.

Now…are you surprised that going to work makes me nearly go crazy?

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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