Tonight outside American Airlines Arena in Miami, ARFF activists– bundled up against the cold– will protest opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This week the Miami Herald and New Times ran preview articles about the circus that featured ARFF spokespersons (click here and here to read the articles).
By any measure, Ringling Bros. is the largest circus in the country, and it will most likely be the last circus to do away with animal acts. But this week there was more evidence that animal-free is the future of circuses.
Yesterday, the Key West Citizen reported that when the Walker Bros. Circus performs in the Keys later this month the perfomance will feature trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns and contortionists, but no elephants. Circus spokeswoman Sashi Meluzzi told the paper, “We’ve basically done away with using exotic animals in the show because of the activists.”
This will be welcome news for activists who joined ARFF protests against Walker Bros. in North Palm Beach in 2008 and in Fort Lauderdale the previous year, and hopefully will provide encouragement for activists at protests targeting Ringling Bros. across Florida this month.
Visit ARFF’s website for details of how you can join protests against the cruelty of the circus.