Scenes From the Cole Bros. Circus Protest This Weekend
The Fort Lauderdale-based Animal Rights Foundation of Florida organized a protest outside the fairground Saturday afternoon. From the edge of the lot, a few hundred feet from where families lined up to ride on the back of an elephant, activists waved signs and told patrons that their tickets were "supporting cruelty."
"In today's world of digital, high-tech entertainment, there is no excuse for continued support of such antiquated abuse. Traveling long hours in poorly ventilated spaces and spending only a night or two in each city, animals in the circus suffer from captivity-induced physical and mental disabilities. Constant and continued use further disables these animals, who are frequently killed as a result."
Protesters target circuses in particular, says ARFF spokesperson Don Anthony, because, "There is simply nothing good about the use of animal acts in the circus. Not only are the animals abused; the lack of regard for their natural needs and instincts sends the wrong message about conservation, especially to children."
Here are some of the sights from the protest.