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About a dozen animal welfare advocates, one wearing a tiger costume, staged a demonstration Saturday afternoon outside the DCU Center, where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was performing. The protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for a boycott of the circus until it retires its elephants, tigers and lions to accredited sanctuaries. The demonstrators took issue with what they alleged was the abuse and restricted movement of the circus animals.
“Chains, cages, whips and bullhooks are the tools of Ringling’s trade,” Rachel Mathews, PETA Foundation Captive Law Enforcement counsel, said in a press release announcing the protest. “PETA is calling on everyone to stay away from Ringling Bros. until the circus takes elephants, tigers, lions and all other exotic animals off the road and retires them to accredited sanctuaries.”
PETA representative Laura Ray and other protesters handed out coloring books to children and pamphlets outlining their position to adults as families lined up outside the DCU center for Saturday afternoon’s performance. The demonstrators carried signs saying, “Circuses: No Fun for Animals” and “End Wild Animal Acts.”
Ringling Bros. announced in January it was officially retiring its Asian elephants in May and relocating them to the circus’ Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. The circus said the decision was based on economics, as more communities have placed restrictions on the housing, restraint and transporting of the pachyderms.
“We want all animal acts to end,” Ms. Ray said, “and we want them to send the elephants to legitimate sanctuaries because the sanctuary they’re sending them to, the conditions there are nearly as bad as they are on the road.”
— Steve Lanava (@SteveLanava) April 23, 2016
PETA calls for circus boycott; ringmaster disputes claims https://t.co/4P818k0ulH
— Telegram & Gazette (@telegramdotcom) April 23, 2016
— Steve Lanava (@SteveLanava) April 23, 2016
I love when upper middle class white people talk about slavery. Because there’s nothing offensive or insulting about equating circus animals to the forced enslavement, murder, and rape of black people for centuries. Nothing at all. They’re the exact same thing.
Turtleboy is a big fan of animals, as you know from our coverage of Laughlin Kennel. But the second you see PETA is involved you know it’s a joke. Ya know, because PETA is
basically a terrorist group:
PETA is nothing more than an organized group of white people with too much time on their hands because they never had any children of their own. They value animal lives more than human lives and don’t believe in agreeing to disagree. That’s just a fact.
Anyway, Turtleboy hasn’t been to the circus since he was just forming his shell back in the 80’s. And since this is the last year that Ringling Brothers will have the elephants in the show, we had to bring Turtleboy Jr. down to the DCU Center. And let me tell you – it was AWESOME!!! There were these guys on motorcycles who got in this metal cage sphere and they drove around in it. There was 8 of them at one time, and they even did it with the lights off without crashing. It was wicked cool!!!
But the best part by far were the animals. We took Turtleboy Jr. to Southwick Zoo not too long ago, which was cool and all, but the lions and tigers just sit on their asses all day and slept. Bor-ing.
Not at the circus though. The lions and tigers there were mad chill!!! There was a dozen of them in the cage with this guy at the same time, and you could tell they all really liked him because none of them ate him. They jumped over each other, got in formations, and even stood on their hind legs and chased after him.
A couple of the tigers were naughty and weren’t following directions, but all he had to do to get them to behave was call their names and give them a polite redirect. No whips or anything. Wicked good stuff.
Then of course there were the elephants. One of them did a headstand. Three of them pretended to be sleeping and woke up when the kids yelled “wake up elephants.” And they marched around with Chinese girls waving American flags during the national anthem. Quite the performance.
And now they’re gone because of these idiots. Look, I don’t know what Ringling does with these animals to get them to behave like this, but it doesn’t matter. Know why? Because these are the lucky ones. Ya know what animals do in the wild? They struggle to survive on a daily basis. Most animals in the wild don’t live to see adulthood. There’s no grocery stores in the Sri Lankan jungle. There’s no veterinarian for your sick baby elephant. When the Momma lions go hunting for food, the baby lions get eaten by hyenas. That’s how shit works in the wild.
Meanwhile in the circus the animals are basically on unlimited welfare. They get free room and board and will never, ever have to worry about dying of hunger like so many animals do in the wild. They have veterinarians who make sure they are healthy because they’re worth so much to the circus. When they have babies they can afford to be stay at home Mom’s because they get to work from home. This is why animals in captivity live significantly longer than animals in the wild.
And most importantly, they’re making people happy. When you watch Nat Geo and you see a lion devour some poor baby Antelope, does that make your kids happy? Nope. But when they’re jumping over each other and doing tricks they can leave each and every show knowing they’ve made a difference in the world. They brought joy into people’s lives.
So if you’re an elephant or a lion or a tiger, and the circus comes along and offers you this sweet deal, what are you gonna pick? The one where you’re probably gonna get killed by poachers, other animals, and/or the elements, or the one where you get a lifetime of luxury and self-fulfillment? I know which one I’m taking.
Here’s another thing – why would the people in the circus want to hurt these animals? They’re obviously attached to them. They obviously like them. The youngest elephant today was 22 years old!!! They live longer than most people do on Grafton Hill!! So they get poked and prodded and chained once in a while. Big deal. When you compare the options the circus is a million times better than the wild.
Anyway, the protest today was led by this moron form PETA:
Just to show you what we’re dealing with, here’s something she recently posted:
Wool is bad. This is how stupid these people are. Hey Laura, ya know what’s cruel to do to animals? Dress them up like fucking idiots:
Those poor dogs. Nothing than being raised by a single woman with too much time on her hands.
Anyway, what these morons don’t realize is the damage they’re doing to the local economy. First of all, it brings in revenue to the DCU Center, which creates jobs for people. Then those people spend money in Worcester. Then the DCU Center pays property taxes, which the city might actually put to good use now that we got Mosaic shut down. Then afterwards the Turtleboy family went to Pizzeria Uno’s, and guess what? It was packed with families who just left the DCU Center. Without this show they wouldn’t have gotten half of that business. Once again, creating jobs, increasing tips, and circulating money in the local economy.
Every local politician should be in favor of this show. You can’t say you’re pro-Worcester, pro-jobs, and pro-economy if you have ANYTHING to do with this. That’s why you’d be insane to vote for this knobjob in 2017:
His name is Dante Camparetto, and his a machine-backed candidate for School Committee in 2017. He opposes police in the schools, proudly supports Mosaic Cultural Complex, and joined a terrorist group that protested an event that benefitted the local economy today. As you can see, he has proudly joined the Petty/McGovern Crime Family:
HAHAHHAHA. Don’t you love it when these guys tell you that Turtleboy is the racist one? That’s a list of 20 wealthy white people, mostly men, having a $500 per person fundraiser for Joe Petty. No black people invited I guess. Very inclusive of them. They often talk about getting more people of color in the government, but instead of endorsing people of color, they endorse why guys like Dante Camparetto. But please Dante, tell me more about how you guys are the progressive ones.
Anyway, Dante and this idiot won’t allow the economy in Worcester to flourish:
Is she from Worcester? Nope. She’s just a professional agitator with no husband, no kids, and no life. And she’s really, really rational:
LOL. Basically with these terrorists it’s their way or the highway. If you don’t stop eating meat and going to the zoo, you’re the enemy. Ironically the tigers and lions that she is fighting to save would kill any animal or human being in a split second if they were hungry in the wild.
Her and her ilk organized this Facebook page to put together today’s protest. And they’re REALLY committed to the cause…….as long as they don’t have to get wet:
Anyway, it was a really cool experience, and I’m glad Turtleboy Jr. got to see these majestic creatures up close. Unfortunately now these elephants’ relatives won’t have these sort of opportunities. When they have elephant babies in the Sir Lankan jungle they’ll just get eaten by tigers now instead. Great job PETA!!!!
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