Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus returned to NYC (PHOTOS).

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Friday, February 20th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, February 19th, a group of animal-rights activists were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.

Temperatures were below zero, but that did not stop protesters from attending the opening of the circus.

Demonstrators say that animals do not belong in circuses.

The organizations that attended the rally were PETA, Animal Defenders International, CompassionWorks International, Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN), NYCLASS, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature – LION, GooseWatch NYC, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Manhattan Young Democrats and others.

Friday, February 20th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, February 19th, a group of animal-rights activists were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use of animals. The organizations that attended the rally were PETA, Animal Defenders International, CompassionWorks International, Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN), NYCLASS, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature – LION, GooseWatch NYC, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Manhattan Young Democrats and others.
2/19/2015 NYC – Animal-rights activists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.
Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/

In an interview with Mike Clifford from the Public News Service, Ashley Byrne, campaign specialist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said undercover video taken within the last five years documents harsh treatment of circus animals.

“Photos that were taken inside Ringling Brothers’ baby elephant training center reveal how baby elephants are jabbed with sharp bull hooks,” she said. “To force them to perform tricks out of fear of punishment.”

(***WARNING – These videos depict scenes of circus elephant abuse that readers may find disturbing***)

‘Ringling Bros. Baby Killers’ Narrated by Kathy Najimy.
Video published by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
“Actor Kathy Najimy exposes Ringling Bros.’ cruelty to baby elephants.”_PETA

Ringling Beats Animals: A PETA Undercover Investigation.
Video published by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
“PETA’s 2009 investigation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus found that workers were beating, whipping, and hooking elephants and striking tigers.”_PETA

Circus Animal Abuse.
Video published by Jim Lockhart.
“Public Access program discussing abuse of elephants in captivity, mainly in circuses. Matt Rossell of In Defense of Animals details abusive methods used to train elephants, featuring whistle blower footage of such abuse.”_Jim Lockhart

Friday, February 20th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, February 19th, a group of animal-rights activists were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use of animals. The organizations that attended the rally were PETA, Animal Defenders International, CompassionWorks International, Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN), NYCLASS, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature – LION, GooseWatch NYC, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Manhattan Young Democrats and others.
2/19/2015 NYC – Animal-rights activists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.
Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/

On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, The New York Times published the article “Ringling Circus Camels, One Hump or Two, Are Singular Attractions” by Glenn Collins.

Activists ask you to tell the Times what you think about this by emailing Letter to the Editor to letters@nytimes.com. Submission guidelines: 100 words max, must include your name, address and phone to be considered for publishing. (They require your info to verify you’re a real person, but they don’t publish your personal info.).

Friday, February 20th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, February 19th, a group of animal-rights activists were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use of animals. The organizations that attended the rally were PETA, Animal Defenders International, CompassionWorks International, Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN), NYCLASS, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature – LION, GooseWatch NYC, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Manhattan Young Democrats and others.
2/19/2015 NYC – A family attending the Ringling Brothers Circus and Animal-rights activists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Demonstrators protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.
Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/

GooseWatch NYC, said on Facebook “Thank you to everyone that came out last night!!! Don’t fret if you couldn’t make it, protests continue for the next two weeks.”

Julie Marie, said on Facebook “A big WARM thanks to all you lions and lionesses who came out in the FREEZING cold to speak up for animals abused in circuses! Hope you all are warm now! Don’t forget, we’ll be there for the remainder of the performances!”

They plan to keep protesting the following days:

Friday, February 20 at 2:00pm
Friday, February 20 at 6:00pm
Saturday, February 21 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 21 at 6:00pm
Sunday, February 22 at 2:00pm
Sunday, February 22 at 6:00pm
Monday, February 23 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 25 at 6:00pm
Thursday, February 26 at 6:00pm
Friday, February 27 at 6:00pm
Saturday, February 28 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 28 at 6:00pm
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm
Sunday, March 1 at 6:00pm

If you are interested in attending the demonstrations, this is the address: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY. Trains: 4, 5, B, Q, 2, 3, D, N and R to Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center.

Friday, February 20th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, February 19th, a group of animal-rights activists were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use of animals. The organizations that attended the rally were PETA, Animal Defenders International, CompassionWorks International, Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN), NYCLASS, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature – LION, GooseWatch NYC, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Manhattan Young Democrats and others.
2/19/2015 NYC – “Ballerinas Against Bull Hooks” protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.
Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/

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2/19/2015 NYC – Animal-rights activists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals. Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/
2/19/2015 NYC – Animal-rights activists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, protest against the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the use and abuse of animals.
Photo by Javier Soriano/http://www.JavierSoriano.com/

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