Student Government Condemns Ringling Bros. Cruelty
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.