Please try and attend the Ringling Bros. Circus protest in Atlanta.
It will be held tomorrow, Thursday the 11th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
It will be in front of Philips Arena at the Techwood (cent. olympic park dr.) entrance. For directions please visit http://www.philipsarena.com/st0300/d...rections.shtml
Following is an e-mail from a local Atlanta Resident describing what she viewed at a visit earlier today while the circus was setting up:
How many lives can you change today?
Is that an obnoxious question or what? But I saw it on the marquee near
the Philips Arena while walking back from looking at Ringling's animals
just now and I thought it... surreal...
Since I work dowtown I was able to use my lunch hour to go see what I
could of the animals that Ringling is currently using in the cruelest show
on earth. The tigers were in bigger cages than I expected - but were
being kept 2 to a cage. The cages were connected to trailers and to some
extent to each other. I saw about 8 tigers who were sharing (two to a
cage) space about 12 feet long and wide enough for them to walk by each
other - but just barely. Those beautiful animals were pacing the cages and
dashing out the connecting doors only to find that it wasn't a door to
freedom afterall. When the rains come tonight the tigers's cages will be
getting wet as they have open sides and no overhang on the "roofs" of the
cages. As I watched one tiger going in and out, and in and out, and in and
out the door that connected the two cages I remembered what an awful
feeling it was to be in jail - never being able to just walk through a
door. It was by far the worst feeling I've ever had - and I've had some
But as bad as the tigers have it I think the elephants have it even
worse. They are in the biggest tent - red and white striped with a white
roof. When I was there they were finishing putting up the "walls" and the
back was fairly open so I was able to see in and catch a glimpse of the
elephant's life. The one closest to me was all I could see clearly and she
was chained by the front left leg and the back right leg. She could only
move one step forward or backward before the chain pulled and dug into her
ankle. She'd take a step forward and pull the chained back leg, then when
she couldn't move any further, she'd take a step backwards making the
chain on her front leg pull tight. That's all she can do - and as she
began to rock on her front right leg which was not chained I began to
remember how standing still for just 2 hours on a demo line can make my
back, knees and feet hurt. How much must their knees, back, ankles be
hurting when they can't even take two free steps?
So as I began the walk back to my office thinking of telling you all
this I saw the marquee sign asking "How many lives can you change today"
and the only answer I came up with is "I don't know - let's try it and
When you eat supper tonight, watch the results of American Idol (or
whatever), walk your dogs, cuddle your cats, and finally stretch out in a
warm dry bed - remember the caged tigers and chained elephants and then
come out tomorrow night (and any other time you can) and let's just see
how many lives we can change.
Philips Arena, Techwood Entrance - off of Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
We'll start the demo at 6:30 but come when you can - we'll be there until