Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
A restrained baby elephant is “trained” at Barnum and Bailey’s inappropriately named “Center for Elephant Conservation.”

Come one, come all. The Cruelest Show On Earth is coming to a city near you, ladies and gents.

For the rest of the year, filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars with the logo “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus” will tour the country carrying creatures of the wild in chains and cages. Elephants, monkeys, big cats, and other circus animals will be forced to travel for an average of more than 26 hours—and as long as 60 to 100 hours, at a single time. 

Prior to this, they are born into a life of slavery and forcibly trained using bull hooks, ropes, and electric shock. It is through these torturous acts that reinforces animals, like elephants, to perform unnatural tricks such as standing on his or her head or sitting up. 

The circus has utilized these inhumane, tortuous acts for too long. As seen through documented reports, investigations, photos, videos, and personal accounts, ‘torture’ is truly the only word to depict the countless electrical shocks, beatings, and lifetimes of neglect these poor animals have endured. 

If you don’t find entertainment in animal cruelty, why not help put and end to the circus by boycotting the Big Top with your fellow animal lovers?

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 information and dates for organized protests in your town be available through this article.

We will be frequently updating this article with links to information regarding protests in each state. If you have knowledge of a circus protest, or want to start getting one organized, please let us know in the comments section below. Just add your city and any additional information, such as dates and times, in the comment field. Facebook Events is a great way to plan any protest, and providing a link to an event is an easy way to get your information out there. Also, feel free to contact us and we’ll get your information up.

It’s time to put an end to circus cruelty! Together we can make our voices heard and help inform others about the truth behind Ringling.

[dropcap]What’s wrong with the circus?[/dropcap]

Visit the links below to find out.

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

Below is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus schedule for 2013. These are the dates, by city, for planning peaceful protests and links to already existing protests.





District of Columbia








New Jersey

New York

North Carolina





Rhode Island

South Carolina





West Virginia

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