Cit of Oakland & Oakland Arena Pay One-Half Million Dollar Settlement for Free Speech Lawsuit Brought By Ringling Bros. Protesters
Oakland, Calif. – August 7, 2012 – Today, the founders of Humanity Through Education, a Bay Area grassroots organization, announced their victory in a free speech lawsuit brought against the City of Oakland, the County of Alameda, the Oakland Arena management and the Oakland Police Department for violating First Amendment rights of protesters at Ringling Bros. Circus. The settlement resulted in the upholding of the victims’ free speech rights and a $500,000 settlement. Plaintiffs included Pat Cuviello and Deniz Bolbol. Ms. Bolbol was represented by the San Francisco law firm of Gonzalez & Leigh. To read more, please click here.
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PROTEST RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS
Ringling Bros Circus Leafleting Schedule
San Francisco Bay Area
August - September 2012
Please Attend Educational Outreach Events Listed Below
Your participation is needed. Please join us to educate patrons about the inherent cruelty of using animals in circuses. For more information call 650.248.4489.
Signs & leaflets are provided at each leafleting listed below.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
OAKLAND ARENA, OAKLAND (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. Meet in front of the ticket booth):
August 8 (Wed) @ 6p August 9 (Thu) @ 6p August 10 (Fri) @ 6p
August 11 (Sat) @ *12:45p and 5:30p August 12 (Sun) @ *2:45p
SAN JOSE ARENA, SAN JOSE (525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose. Meet on the corner of Santa Clara & Autumn Streets):
August 15 (Wed) @ 6p August 16 (Thu) @ 6p
August 17 (Fri) @ 6p
August 18 (Sat) @ *12:45p and 5:30p
August 19 (Sun) @ *2:45p
STOCKTON ARENA, STOCKTON (248 West Fremont St., Stockton. Meet in front of the ticket booths):
September 13 (Thu) @ 5:30p September 14 (Fri) @ 5:30p
September 15 (Sat) @ *12:45p and 5:30p
September 16 (Sun) @ *2:45p
** Denotes a leafleting in between two shows. It's important to arrive on time for these leafletings as we first leaflet people exiting the early show, who come out en masse. If we are not set-up by the time the show is done, we will miss our opportunity to educate them. After people from the early show disperse, we leaflet people going into the later show.
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
(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
Ringling abuses all animals they use - additional
videos are available showing how Ringling treats the tigers, horses and