FOR THE FIRST TIME in Ringling Bros. Circus’ 147 year history, and the over 30 year history of Bay Area activism against the circus, Ringling will not be forcing elephants to perform when they come to the Bay Area this year. This is historic -- and Ringling’s decision was due, in no small part, to our continued and relentless presence educating circus patrons through the years and getting the Oakland bullhook ban! However, while Ringling is no longer using elephants for its circus performances Ringling continues to abuse these poor elephants at its torture chamber in Florida where they are beaten with bullhooks and whips and chained for at least 15 hours a day. Just because the elephants are out of sight we cannot forget them! We must keep them in our minds and the minds of patrons if they are ever going to be free of Ringling’s abuse. Additionally, Ringling's abuse of the tigers, horses, camels and other animals continues. Ringling’s decision to remove elephants from the circus establishes that our education-based activism is turning public sentiment against Ringling's exploitation of animals. Our years of hard work are paying off, but now more than ever we cannot back down and we must convince Ringling's patrons that Ringling must stop using all animals and send them to bonafide sanctuaries where they can live freely.
Oakland Arena - 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA
Thursday, August 185:30p
Friday, August 195:30p
Saturday, August 201:15p*and 5:30p
Sunday, August 213:15p
Monday, August 225:30p
San Jose Arena - 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA
Thursday, August 255:30p
Friday, August 265:30p
Saturday, August 271:15p*and 5:30p
Sunday, August 283:15p
Friday, September 25:30p
Saturday, September 31:15p*and 5:30p
Sunday, September 43:15p
Monday, September 510a
* Please be on time as we hand out informational flyers to patrons coming out of the earlier show AND to those going into the second show.
Please SIGN and SHARE Petition to Urge Ringling Bros. Circus to Send Elephants to Sanctuary
Want to Do More to Help Get Ringling Elephants to the Sanctuary? Call Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. Circus, and politely tell them that the public wants them to send the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary. For Feld phone numbers please click here.
RINGLING BROS: WORSE THAN DAMN LIARS - Presenting ALEX VARGAS, Ringling's "animal superintendent and head animal trainer"
In November 2011 Ringling agreed to pay a $270,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle claims that Ringling violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Federal law that provides protection for animals used by circuses. This was the largest civil penalty ever paid by a circus for violation of the AWA.
A lawsuit against Ringling Bros. for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) revealed evidence that Ringling routinely beats and severely confines elephants. Although Ringling got the case dismissed due to a technicality (the merits of the case were never ruled on), internal Ringling documents and Ringling employees' testimonies confirmed what activists have known for years:
All Ringling handlers strike the elephants with bullhooks (weapons resembling fireplace pokers). PETA undercover video, taken in 2009, shows Ringling employees beating, hitting and whipping elephants.
Elephants are chained 16 to 22.5 hours a day, often much longer when they are on the train. Video available here.
Baby elephants are forcibly taken from their mothers to be broken and forced to do unnatural tricks for the circus. The "breaking process" involves:
(1) Taking baby elephants from their mothers while they are still nursing;
(2) Isolating babies from all other elephants;
(3) Tying up babies so they are severely restricted in their movement and not even able to turn around; and
(4) Hitting babies with bullhooks. According to Ringling employee testimony, one baby elephant was tied up for four months and only untied for 40 minutes a day to be trained. A truly traumatic ordeal for little baby elephants and their mothers. In 2009 a former Ringling elephant trainer provided PETA with photos he took of the training sessions. They are viewable on video. Video "Ringling Deprives Elephants of Life" is available here.
Ringling abuses all animals they use - additional videos are available showing how Ringling treats the tigers, horses and camels.