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Hundreds Gather At Barclays To Protest Animal Abuse

Groups, including Animal Defenders International, and families marched around the entertainment venue on Wednesday evening urging residents to boycott Ringling Bros.


Hundreds of animal rights activists gathered at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday evening to protest the 12 days of performances by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, kicking off that night.

The diverse crowd ranged from Animal Defenders International veterans to fathers with their daughters to a group of young ballet dancers—all marching around the Atlantic Avenue promenade calling for an end to alleged animal abuses.

"Hey hey! Ho ho! These whips and chains have got to go," chanted the young ballet dancers, who were draped in a gigantic, grey plastic chain and wearing brightly colored tutus. They had come with their ballet instructor, parents and a young male friend who had helped to paint signs stating "Circuses are tutu cruel."

Richard Rollison shouted out animal death statistics as he walked with his 10-year-old daughter Jude, who carried a homemade collage bringing attention to the poor treatmant of elephants by trainers.

"Imagine the terror that a baby elephant feels when taken from his mother and tied in ropes ..." began postcards dispensed with the headline "Built to Enslave!"

Other activists were quieter, handing out ADI pamphlets near the sidewalk to those walking past.

"I don't want to scare any children who are coming to the circus with their families," said Allison Tray of Trés Belle Petit Medi Spa. But she thought it was positive for those children to see other kids speaking out against animal cruelty.

"The reality of what goes on is very different from the fantasy people have in their minds."

Alexis Kaiser March 31, 2013 at 05:40 AM
You know you lived in Studio City, that's the valley, hardly Los Angeles. I could give a crap, really. Just like to see how you will react to things. And oh how you do react. It's laughable, really. Love it. Glad to see your killing trees for all your leaflets that are basically tossed. I think Barclays knew what it was doing when it signed RBBB for five years. The Felds, also, obviously know what they are doing. You are so, what's the word, "smug." LOL Of course, you take back the offer to exchange attorney' names, you don't have one. That's funny, you calling me an egomaniac when it's you and your kind thinking your opinion on things are so superior to others that you can change the face of a century old tradition. Oh, wait, I'll sue first, your defaming me and possibly ruining my reputation by calling me an egomaniac and a psycho. Oh, honey, as long as you keep me laughing, I'll keep pushing. You can bet that bottom dollar you and that big time business opportunity in Jersey that you must be making
Cheryl Semcer March 31, 2013 at 05:59 AM
No secret, I lived in the heart of Studio City, between Moorpark and Ventura, was pretty happening, right around the corner from CBS Radford. Loved living there. I also spent years in Santa Monica in a beautiful condo. I used to love rollerblading on the beach at sunset. What's your point? You lived in Torrence and you are knocking Studio City? Wow. That's effing hysterical. Me ruin your reputation? HAAAAAA you do that all by yourself. Everything comes down to proof and you have none. Honestly, I have no interest in ruining the parking lot rep you have. It's not my style. I love how you react as well. Check mate. It's amusing debating with a grown woman whose middle name is GAY! An insult to homosexual people everywhere. Only thing my dear, is I know when to move on and focus on the important issues. www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com
Alexis Kaiser March 31, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Like I said, could give a crap you were a valley girl. (Yeah, real happening area - haha) Just funny to see your reactions. You get so defensive. I mean, why do you feel the need to explain yourself. especially to me. LMAO Taking jabs at my name and you tell me I should play in the sandbox, thats funny. You have something against the gays, too? Geezz You couldn't ruin my reputation for outdoor events out here in SoCal,no matter how hard you try, it's pretty stellar. I mean you are trying and you are just making yourself look like an ass. Oh, now, you'd like to move on. www.petakillsanimals.org. Feld wins lawsuit against ASPCA. Frankly, I like animals in the circus and have lived with animals in the circus and have a hands on experience at the circus, you don't. What is the big deal? Why don't we just live and let live - Alexis Gay Kaiser, Miss Torrance 1976. (My parents knew Torrance was a great place to raise their kids and they were right)
Cheryl Semcer March 31, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Finally something we agree on. Whew. That took forever! Peta is killing these animals and it disgusts me and all the other activists I work with. Peta explained that they take in the most injured or un- adoptable animals so therefore it is more compassionate to euthanize than to have these animals suffer. I don't know much else other than the propaganda I have read from you circus people. I can say that none of us believe that what PETA is doing is right nor do we support it. That doesn't mean however that I will distance myself from working with them on the fabulous circus campaign. They have exposed more of the truth than anyone else in this area and for that I will give them my respect. PETA does great work in some areas of animal welfare and some questionable ones in others. Just like you circus people expect us to believe you only have a few bad apples (trainers) in the circus well we are not perfect and admit some of the way PETA does things is questionable. Doesn't mean I'll give up on these animals. I've always been a member of a local NJ/NYC group and that works best for me. Sure, the big groups give us the literature and posters but that is the extent of the involvement.
Alexis Kaiser March 31, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Happy Easter, Cheryl. There are bad apples in every group. I think we should agree to disagree on the subject of circus animals. We should stop this personal bashing. You be the best campaigner you can and ill be the best champion of the circus I can. Nothing wrong with that. I think we are two strong-willed women that will continually give 100 percent to what we do. So let's agree on Girl Power! Again, wishing you and yours a Happy Easter and hoping for a truce.

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