Dunkin Donuts Center Providence RI, DO NOT HOST CIRCUS--Baby Elephant Tortured During Training Using Electric Shocks
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Dunkin Donuts Center Providence RI, DO NOT HOST CIRCUS--Baby Elephant Tortured During Training Using Electric Shocks

    1. Petition by

      Mary Conti

      West Warwick, RI

Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it's not through a reward system, as they claim. Explore the photos that will make parents think twice about taking their child to the circus.

You may have wondered how Ringling Bros. gets 8,000-pound elephants to perform tricks like sitting up and even standing on their heads, but now you know. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they're vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure, so we need you to tell them.

Below is a link to pictures proving this point:

http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/bound-babies.asp

Even more disturbing facts about this circus and animal deaths as the result of negligence and abuse:

DEATHS
June 20, 2011: Siam, a 60-year-old female Asian elephant who had been captured in the wild and shipped to the circus as an infant in 1954, was euthanized.

April 26, 2011: Ringling euthanized Lutzi, a 61-year-old female Asian elephant who had spent 56 years of her life with the circus. In a sworn deposition taken during Ringling‘s 2009 trial to answer charges that its elephant-handling practices violated the federal Endangered Species Act, the general manager of Ringling‘s Center for Elephant Conservation admitted that Lutzi and other elephants had been chained by two legs on a concrete floor for 16 hours a day.

March 19, 2010: Lima, a zebra who fled the circus and ran loose through downtown Atlanta for more than 40 minutes, was euthanized as a result of injuries he sustained during his escape.

January 8, 2010: Ringling euthanized Josky, a 43-year-old female Asian elephant who was captured in the wild in 1967.

July 18, 2008: Calcutta, a 62-year-old Asian elephant who was captured in the wild in India and shipped to U.S. circuses as an infant, was euthanized by the circus.

September 11, 2006: An Asian elephant died from unreported causes. The circus did not announce this death. August 31, 2005: An Asian elephant named Gildah died. Gildah was captured in the wild and used in Siegfried & Roy‘s casino act. She was kept in solitary confinement at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Feld Entertainment refused a USDA recommendation to conduct a necropsy on Gildah.

August 10, 2005: According to the Asian Elephant Studbook, an 11-day-old elephant named Bertha died. The circus did not announce her birth or death. October 9, 2004: A 44-year-old Asian elephant named Roma was euthanized because of osteoarthritis.* The circus did not announce this death. A necropsy revealed that Roma had tuberculosis. August 5, 2004: An 8-month-old elephant named Riccardo was euthanized after suffering severe and irreparable fractures to both hind legs when he fell off a circus pedestal. Riccardo was undersized when he was born to Shirley, a Ringling elephant, in December 2003. Failing to wait until Shirley was 18 years old, when she would have been physically and emotionally ready to raise offspring, Ringling used Shirley for breeding when she was only 7 years old (see ―Animal Care,‖ December 5, 2003). Riccardo may have been afflicted with a bone disorder caused by malnourishment because his mother was unable to nurse him.

July 13, 2004: According to an affidavit by former Ringling lion handler Frank Hagan, a 2-year-old lion named Clyde died while traveling through the intense heat of the Mojave Desert in a poorly ventilated boxcar without being checked or given water. The lion is believed to have died from heatstroke and dehydration.

July 1, 2004: A 53-year-old Asian elephant named Calcutta 2 died because of an aortic aneurysm. The circus did not announce this death. Calcutta 2 had previously tested positive for tuberculosis (see ―Elephant Tuberculosis,‖ April 16, 2001).

May 11, 2004: Two Ringling horses were struck by a freight train as they were being unloaded from the circus train near Dayton, Ohio. One horse died instantly, and the other was euthanized at the scene.

We demand that the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island, refuse to host the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in 2012 each year thereafter.

Do not profit from the suffering and death of innocent animals! You are supposed to be a venue for enjoyment and entertainment. This circus is barbaric and has no respect for life. You condone and promote animal abuse if you host this horrific event at your establishment.

 

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CONTACT DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER AND VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THIS EVENT WHICH RESULTS IN THE AGONY OF A MULTITUDE OF INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO HAVE NO VOICES TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!

 

Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence
One LaSalle Square
Providence, RI 02903
Administrative Offices: (401) 331-0700
Box Office: (401) 331-6700

Dunkin' Donuts Center Staff

Executive Director
Lawrence J. Lepore

Administrative Assistant and Booking
Debra A. Polselli

Assistant General Manager
Robert S. Cappalli Sr.

Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Cheryl Cohen

Director of Operations
Robert Lauro

Production Manager
William DeSantis

Event Managers
Melissa Guerra - Senior Event Manager
Vanessa Annaldo – Event Manager

Box Office Manager
Susan Catanzaro

Sales & Marketing Manager
Lisa Coelho

Marketing Manager
Jodi Duclos

Group Sales Manager
Lisa D'Ercole

Guest Services Manager
Eleanor San Antonio

Sportservice Corporation
Tom Crocker, General Manager
John Velez, Restaurant/Suites Manager

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      Mary Conti
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! PLEASE SEND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW VIA FACEBOOK, TWITTER, E-MAILS AND BLOGS TO FIGHT THE TORTUROUS PRACTICES OF THE BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS!
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      Mary Conti
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      PLEASE HELP ME BRING AWARENESS TO AND STOP SENSELESS SUFFERING OF MAJESTIC ANIMALS FORCED INTO LIVES OF SLAVERY IN THE CIRCUS FOR HUMAN AMUSEMENT! THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE SIGNED THUS FAR!!

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      Mary Conti
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      Please forward via E-MAIL, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, BLOGS, to spread the word that torture of baby animals is NOT ACCEPTABLE in order to provide humans with entertainment!

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      Mary Conti
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE HELP ME PUT AN END TO THE SENSELESS SUFFERING OF THESE BEAUTIFUL AND INNOCENT CREATURES! A DAY OUT WITH THE FAMILY AT THE CIRCUS SHOULDN'T REQUIRE SUFFERING AND MISERY OF ANIMALS, WHO WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IF THEY HAD A CHOICE! THEY NEED US!

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      PLEASE KEEP FORWARDING TO FRIENDS AND LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE VIA FACEBOOK, TWITTER, BLOGS, AND E-MAILS! PLEASE HELP ME BRING DOWN THE PERPETUATION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY BY RINGLING BROS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS!

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      WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO OUR GOAL BUT WITH ALL OF YOUR HELP I KNOW THAT WE CAN GET THERE, AND BRING ATTENTION TO THE NEEDLESS SUFFERING OF INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, ARE EXPLOITED AND ABUSED EVERY DAY WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE

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      Mary Conti
      Petition Organizer

      I realize that the circus is a formidable adversary, but I have come to a point in my life when I have decided that I am going to make my time here on Earth COUNT, and I am going to do my best while I am here, to eradicate animal cruelty.

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    • D'Arcy Deswert Mattis CANTON, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      All Circus Shows featuring any kind of animal should be illegal!

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    • Debbie Alderson LISKEARD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because this is totally barbaric and this horrendous torture in the name of training should be absolutely banned!!

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    • Loreen Light ELLENBURG, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This kind of so called "training" is cruel and MUST be STOPPED!!!

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    • Chelsea Meadors TAYLORSVILLE, KY
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is animal cruelty, and it is wrong.

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    • shelby grubka GLASTONBURY, CT
      • almost 3 years ago

      i just read a book called saving lilly i am 12 years old and my friend and i are the future if just i aware myself and others i can make a difference.

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