Student Government Condemns Ringling Bros. Cruelty

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Posted April 22, 2011 by Ryan Huling

You constantly hear about the gridlock and frustration with the U.S. government’s inability to take bold steps on crucial issues (*cough* USDA *cough*), but thankfully, that cynicism and incompetence hasn’t spread to student governments!

Late last night, after pressure from student activists involved with the animal rights organization on campus, the George Mason University student government passed “a resolution in support of student protest to the Ringling Bros. Circus performance” at GMU.

The resolution specifically calls out Ringling for its documented failure to comply with the (very basic) expectations in the Animal Welfare Act, saying that “there are numerous documented cases of unsanitary feeding conditions … many animals have died due to poor containment facilities” and “the protesters do not wish George Mason University to profit from animal abuse. Translation?  Ringling Bros. is giving their school a bad name, and they want them gone—for good.  You can check out the entire resolution online here (it’s brilliant!)

As if that weren’t enough, student activists also worked with peta2 representatives to gather more than 1,500 petition signatures from students, which they plan to present to their administration, demanding the Ringling be banned from campus forever.

Of course, GMU is just the latest in a series of colleges where students are calling for circuses with animals to be expelled, and it won’t be the last.

Face it, Ringling—your days are numbered.



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  • 2056 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This is awful. The pictures are disturbing not only what they do to the animals, but the fact that none of “humans” have the heart to realize how cruel it is. I’m against all zoos and shows that force animals to perform. All of the animals should be observed in their natural habitats and not forced to live in a cage and forced to act like a puppet. This is a real shame and its great for the elephants that there is an active campaign to put an end to this horro. I’m glad this caught my attention and spreading the awareness.

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