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Boycott The Big Top: Join The Circus Protest (SCHEDULE BY CITY)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to your town.

What a shame.

Now and until early next year, trucks or train box cars filled with chained Barnum & Bailey Circus animal “performers” are rolling into cities across the country.

When the elephants, monkeys, big cats, and other circus animals aren’t imprisoned in trucks and trains for upwards of 26 hours at a time, these members of the animal kingdom are doing the tricks taught by torture. “Torture’ isn’t hyperbole – it’s the truest word for the electric shocks, beatings, and lifetimes of pervasive neglect exhaustively documented by reports, investigations, photos, videos, and personal accounts.

If you don’t find animal cruelty entertaining, or don’t believe seeing elephants doing curtsies teaches kids anything positive, you’re in good – and kind – company. So why not boycott the big top and celebrate life with animals and fellow animal lovers instead?

Global Animal is working to support two real ways animal lovers can take action against circus animal abuse. We propose:

1. That every city that welcomes the Ringling Bros. circus be a place of peaceful protest.

However big or small, a group of people willing stand on behalf of the circus’ chain gang of enslaved animals sends an unmistakable message of compassion. By their presence, they fling open the doors of awareness for others who might otherwise not know. They shine light on dark. The vision is for all circus animals to be retired so they can live their remaining years in peace. The goal is to usher in the day when the circus is animal and cruelty-free.

2. That there be an alternative event for kids (of all ages) to connect with animals in a compassionate way.

An extraordinary alternative to a day at the circus is a fun day at an animal sanctuary or rescue. Whether it’s an afternoon at a farm sanctuary feeding goats, or walking dogs at a pet adoption fair, exploring a wildlife preserve, or dancing at a fundraising party at an animal shelter, there are many excellent options to celebrate our connection to animals. It’s the soul-soaring material that memories are made of. And the stuff that develops great kids, too.

If you are interested in being an organizer for a circus protest and/or an alternative animal-friendly event in one of these cities, please let others know in the comments section below. Just add your city and any additional information you’d like in the comment field. Feel free to use this page’s comments section for communicating and sharing resources and ideas for protests and alternative events with other like-minded people. Please include a contact email address in your comment if you’d like to get going right away.

Once there are a few cities ready to charge the way, Global Animal will update the circus schedule below with email contact information for organizers by city.

So, you didn’t join the circus as a kid. Now you can join the circus protest. And that’s where amazing things really can happen.

 

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE CIRCUS:

Barnum’s Circus: The Big Top of Elephant Neglect & Torture

What Does The Circus Really Teach Kids About Animals?

Anne, Abused Circus Elephant, Finds New Home

Hundreds Protest Mistreatment Of Circus Animals

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus schedule.

These are the dates, by city, for planning peaceful protests and alternative animal-friendly events.

 

For more information on the circus and protests near you, click here

 

ARKANSAS

Little Rock, Arkansas
July 26, 2012 – July 29, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center
At the base of Rich Mountain at the intersection of Hwy 270 and Hwy 272
Rich Mountain, AR 71953‬
(479) 437-3750

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles, California

July 11, 2012 – July 17, 2012

Ontario, California

July 20, 2012 – July 24, 2012

Anaheim, California

July 27, 2012 – August 05, 2012

Oakland, California

August 08, 2012 – August 12, 2012

San Jose, California

August 15, 2012 – August 19, 2012

San Diego, California

August 23, 2012 – August 26, 2012

Bakersfield, California

August 30, 2012 – September 02, 2012

Sacramento, California

September 06, 2012 – September 09, 2012

Stockton, California

September 13, 2012 – September 16, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternatives:

Animal Acres/Farm Sanctuary
‪5200 Escondido Canyon Rd‬
‪Acton, CA 93510‬
(661) 269-5404

 
Farm Sanctuary
19080 Newville Road
West Tehama CA 96021
(530) 865-4617

 

COLORADO

Denver, Colorado

September 27, 2012 – October 07, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

The Wild Animal Sanctuary
1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643
(303) 536-0118


CONNECTICUT

Bridgeport, Connecticut

October 18, 2012 – October 21, 2012

 

D.C.

Washington, District of Columbia

March 20, 2013 – March 24, 2013

 

FLORIDA

Miami, Florida

January 11, 2013 – January 21, 2013

 

GEORGIA

Atlanta, Georgia

February 13, 2013 – February 18, 2013

Duluth, Georgia

February 21, 2013 – March 03, 2013

 

IDAHO

Nampa, Idaho

September 07, 2012 – September 09, 2012

 

ILLINOIS

Moline, Illinois

August 31, 2012 – September 03, 2012

Peoria, Illinois

October 12, 2012 – October 14, 2012

Champaign, Illinois

October 19, 2012 – October 21, 2012

Rosemont, Illinois

November 01, 2012 – November 11, 2012

Chicago, Illinois

November 14, 2012 – November 25, 2012


INDIANA

Indianapolis, Indiana

November 29, 2012 – December 02, 2012

 

IOWA

Des Moines, Iowa

October 04, 2012 – October 07, 2012

 

KANSAS

Topeka, Kansas

August 10, 2012 – August 12, 2012

 

KENTUCKY

Lexington, Kentucky

September 06, 2012 – September 09, 2012

 

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

August 02, 2012 – August 05, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

Global Wildlife Center
26389 Hwy. 40 Folsom, LA 70437
(985) 796-3585 ext. 10.

MARYLAND

Baltimore, Maryland

March 27, 2013 – April 07, 2013

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Worcester, Massachusetts

October 03, 2012 – October 08, 2012

Boston, Massachusetts

October 10, 2012 – October 14, 2012

 

MICHIGAN:

Grand Rapids, Michigan

September 20, 2012 – September 23, 2012

Auburn Hills, Michigan

November 07, 2012 – November 11, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

SASHA Farm
17901 Mahrle Road in Manchester, Michigan.
(734) 428-9617

 

MISSOURI:

Kansas City, Missouri

September 12, 2012 – September 16, 2012

St. Louis, Missouri

October 11, 2012 – October 14, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternatives:

Long Meadow Rescue Ranch
480 Joseph Rd.
Union, MO 63084
(314) 646-5686

 
Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center
1128 New Ballwin Road
Ballwin, MO 63021
(636) 394-1880

 

MONTANA

 Billings, Montana

September 20, 2012 – September 23, 2012

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Bismarck, North Dakota

September 28, 2012 – September 30, 2012

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte, North Carolina

January 30, 2013 – February 03, 2013

Raleigh, North Carolina

February 06, 2013 – February 10, 2013

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Manchester, New Hampshire

September 27, 2012 – September 30, 2012

 

NEW YORK

Rochester, New York

October 24, 2012 – October 28, 2012

 
Animal-Friendly Alternatives:
 Catskill Animal Sanctuary   316 Old Stage Road  Saugerties, NY 12477  (845) 336-8447
 Farm Sanctuary  3150 Aikens Rd  Watkins Glen, NY 14891  607-583-2225 Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary  35 Van Wagner Road, Willow, NY.  (845) 679-5955 
 

OHIO

Cleveland, Ohio

October 17, 2012 – October 22, 2012

Toledo, Ohio

October 25, 2012 – October 28, 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio

March 13, 2013 – March 17, 2013

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

Ohio Wildlife Center
6131 Cook Rd.
Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 734-9453

 

OREGON

Portland, Oregon

September 13, 2012 – September 16, 2012

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

October 25, 2012 – October 28, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

November 01, 2012 – November 04, 2012

  

TEXAS:

Beaumont, Texas

July 13, 2012 – July 15, 2012

Waco, Texas

July 19, 2012 – July 22, 2012

Houston, Texas

July 12, 2012 – July 29, 2012

Dallas, Texas

August 01, 2012 – August 12, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas

August 15, 2012 – August 19, 2012

Austin, Texas

August 22, 2012 – August 26, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternatives:

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
PR 4245, Rhome TX
(940) 433-5091
  
Serenity Springs Sanctuary and Animal Rescue
2162 Merritt Road, Forestburg, TX 76239-3331
(940) 964-2318
 
In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue
3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie, TX  75098
(972) 442-6888
www.insyncexotics.org


UTAH

Salt Lake City, Utah
September 20, 2012 – September 24, 2012

Animal-Friendly Alternative:

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel‬ ‪Kanab Canyon Rd, Kanab, Utah 84741


VIRGINIA

Fairfax, Virginia

April 10, 2013 – April 21, 2013

 

WASHINGTON

Tacoma, Washington

August 17, 2012 – August 19, 2012

Everett, Washington

August 23, 2012 – August 26, 2012

Kent, Washington

August 31, 2012 – September 03, 2012

 

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39 Responses to Boycott The Big Top: Join The Circus Protest (SCHEDULE BY CITY)

  1. Jennifer Dohmlo October 25, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Please add Pittsburgh, pa to list ! Ringling Circus is coming Nov 10th at Consol Energy Center

  2. Georja Umano August 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Good luck and best wishes, Michelle.

  3. Michelle Harris-Shields August 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I am planning a protest on September 6th and 7th in Lexington, Ky. I have all the materials, just need to get the word out!! michelleharris1720@wind stream.net

  4. Alyson Clifford August 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Would anyone be interested in organizing something for the Rosemont and/or Chicago dates!

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