WE WON!!! Ringling Bros. Circus Closes in May, 2017!!!
Although Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has closed, we still leave up the information below about our efforts to bring that about. Other circuses continue which also abuse their animals and, especially, torture their elephants. All animal circuses should be ended.
The Circus Campaign
Circus abuse of elephants is largely hidden behind the Big Top. Our circus
campaigns seek to educate the public about this hidden abuse with the
hope that an enlightened and compassionate public will no longer tolerate
Our efforts include the following:
When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was in town, Kristal
went on a water only Hunger Strike to bring awareness to the abuse of
elephants in the circus industry. Ringling Bros. had 19 performances and
Kristal was present, in a cage and in chains, at all of them. See picture
and the letter below, written by renown wildlife preservationist, Anthony
Sept. 22, 2004
Denver to Host the World's First Hunger Strike Devoted to Elephants
My name is Anthony Marr. Even though I'm Canadian living in Vancouver,
I'm compelled to write you this media release because I am deeply moved
by something momentous soon to occur in Denver, even before it has occurred,
and by the amazing Denver woman who will make it happen.
is Kristal Parks. She will undertake a water only hunger strike - in a
cage with chains - from the time the Ringling Bros. Circus comes into
town until the end of its last performance (12 days). The hunger strike
tells of food-deprivation as a training tool, and the cage says volumes
about the wild animals' confinement, elephants and tigers alike. The chains
are a testimony to the suffering of elephants who are chained much of
he time. If Ms. Parks wanted to draw further parallels she would also
have to be beaten with a bull hook every so often and poked with and electric
cattle prod but even Ms. Parks has her limits! She will be present at
each of the 19 performances.
Many people find it hard to believe that elephants are really tortured
by circus trainers, buy why would anyone voluntarily go days without food
just to tell a lie? What Ms. Parks is saying is the truth. Circus animals
suffer greatly in order to entertain spectators. Ringling Bros. & Barnum
and Bailey circus is "THE SADDES SHOW ON EARTH". as her banner will say.
It seems to me that
elephant abuse is so sickening that as long as it happens in her city,
Ms. Parks can not eat.In her own words, "Elephants cannot speak for themselves.
So we must be their voice in as clear and uncompromising fashion as possible.
Circuses today are the modern gladiator sport: (hidden) blood and guts
for our entertainment. If children knew how the animals were treated,
they would not want to go to the circus".
FAMOUS ELEPHANT CONSERVATIONISTS
SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE CIRCUS:
CIRCUS POSITION STATEMENT
Amboseli Elephant Research Project
P.O. Box 15135
We, the undersigned, form a group of elephant researchers working together
to study elephants and promote their conservation and welfare. Our combined
experience represents over 200 years of work with free-ranging, wild African
elephants. We are the acknowledged experts in the field.
It is our considered opinion that elephants should not be used in circuses.
Elephants in the wild roam over large areas and move considerable distances
each day. They are intelligent, highly social animals with a complex system
of communication. No captive situation can provide elephants with the
space they need for movement or with the kind of social stimulation and
complexity that they would experience in the wild. To watch an elephant
family in the wild is a glorious experience. Led by the oldest female--the
matriarch--the family is bonded by kinship, affiliation, experience, great
loyalty and affection. Elephants in circuses are confined and chained
for hours, are bought and sold, separated from companions, and frequently
moved about. In short, they are treated as objects of entertainment for
We believe that such intelligent, socially complex and long-lived animals
should be treated with respect and empathy. An elephant's place is in
the wild with its relatives and companions. The totally unnatural existence
for captive elephants in a circus is a travesty and to allow this practice
to continue is unjustified and unethical. The Amboseli Elephant Research
Project The Amboseli Elephant Research Project
| Elephant Experience
| Cynthia Moss, Director
| Sandy J. Andelman
|| 5 years
| Harvey Croze
| Iain Douglas-Hamilton
|| 36 years
| Phyllis C. Lee
| W. Keith Lindsay
|| 25 years
| Hamisi Mutinda
| Joyce H. Poole
Kristal, as Wildflower the Clown, Exposes Circus Cruelty
Bannering and Leafletting at the Circus and Busy Intersections
This billboard sized banner was generously donated, along with leaflets and signs, by the former Animal Protection Institute.