Friends of Animals: The Saddest Show on Earth (Protest in Bridgeport, CT)

October 11th, 2006 12:55 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via Friends of Animals:

Elephants, tigers and other animals in circuses never have a day off. Their spirits are broken; their lives are spent in demeaning performances – robbing them of their freedom and dignity.

Animals don’t do headstands or jump through fire because they enjoy it; they do it because they fear punishment. Circuses with animal acts are not decent family entertainment.

Baby elephants are removed from their mothers and forced into a lifetime of performing. As the families of these animals are broken, so are their spirits. Elephants have their legs chained and live in cramped quarters 12 months a year.

Let’s stop teaching children that they should applaud animal slavery, abusive confinement, training, and commercial exploitation.

Wild animals belong in their homelands, not under the bright lights of a circus ring.

Please show that you respect animals – Boycott Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

Come join the protest:

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Opening Night
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27
10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m., Sat., Oct. 28
12:30 p.m., & 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29

Where: Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, CT

If you are unable to attend, please support our efforts by making a donation.

Directions to the Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport:

FROM 95 SOUTH: Traveling South on 95 take Exit 27 (Harbor Yard Sportsplex) and bear right on the exit ramp. Follow Lafayette St. to State St. Turn right on State St. Two blocks to Main St. turn right on Main. Follow Main St. to North Frontage Rd. (General parking) – turn right on North Frontage Rd. Parking lot is on your right (Parking fee).

FROM 95 NORTH: Traveling North on 95 take Exit 27 (Harbor Yard Sportsplex) continue straight to Lafayette St. Turning right on Lafayette to Allen St. Turn left on Allen lot will be on your right (parking fee.)

An alternate route is at the bottom of the exit 27 northbound ramp is to take a right on Myrtle Ave. after going under the railway over pass take a left on Railroad Ave. Travel straight to Broad St., parking lot will be on your right.

FROM ROUTE 25/8: From the Route 25/8 connector take exit 3 Main St. south. Follow Main to North Frontage Rd. – turn right on North Frontage Rd. parking lot will be on you right (parking fee.)

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2 Responses to “Friends of Animals: The Saddest Show on Earth (Protest in Bridgeport, CT)”

  1. Gina Says:

    I wonder if there will be another protest against Ringling Bros in May “07 at the Hartford Civic Center? I would appreciate any and all info regarding this as I would really like to attend and take part but am not sure how to find out about this issue.
    Thank you.

  2. Kelly Says:

    Hey Gina – You might find PETA’s Circuses.com site useful. They have a fairy detailed schedule of the tour dates for those circuses that use animal acts (here), as well as a FAQ sheet, “Steps to Take When the Circus Comes to Town”. As for finding out whether a protest is already planned, I’m not 100% sure how you’d go about that. Is there a local animal rights group in your area that you could touch base with? If not, maybe try emailing Friends of Animals for more info…

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