Last night I asked Alex if he would attend a protest against Ringling Bros, and learned that he hadn't seen the photos of elephant and tiger abuse or watched the video of trainers referring to an elephant as a "fat ass" while whipping and striking them with unbreakable bullhooks. I urged him to watch, view, and read former Ringling Brothers trainer, Sam Haddock's disturbing account of the abuse he himself inflicted upon circus animals.
It occurred to me that if Alex, the one person who consistently reads my blog day after day, didn't click through to the links I provided earlier this week, then many of you may not have. I sat up with him late last night reading Sam Haddock's story again. And again, my heart is broken into a million pieces. I know the circus is only one of many money hungry corporations that abuse animals and lie about it, but by joining in on the protest at Portland's Rose Garden Arena, I will stand up for what is right and ethical, and I won't allow myself to take solace in ignorance.
Alex and I will be protesting this weekend. If you are interested in standing up for animals brutally beaten and confined, please join us. You don't have to go alone, send me an e-mail and we can arrange to meet up.
These protests are intended to be peaceful and educational.
Here is the meet up info from the group In Defense of Animals:
de of the Rose Garden Arena, near NE Multnomah St. Street. If taking TriMet, your destination will be the Rose Quarter Transit Center. Meeting times are as follows: