Animal Rights Activists Protest Circus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ringling Brothers features more than 70 performing animals. But animal rights activists say the circus is no place for animals.

Michelle Thew of the Sacramento-based Animal Protection Institute says they’ll be protesting outside the arena. "What we would like to see is real family entertainment, entertainment that doesn’t actually involve the abuse of animals. There are lots of different opportunities that the public have. Over 42 Million people across the United States have seen Cirque du Soleil which showcases human performance."

The Animal Protection Institute is joining a federal lawsuit against Ringling Brothers for allegedly mistreating Asian elephants.

On its website, Ringling Brothers says it has an excellent record of care for all their animals.