Posted March 14, 2012 by Ryan Huling
After years of protests and petitioning, student animal rights supporters at Michigan State University (MSU) have prevailed in stopping the cruel Royal Hanneford Circus from visiting campus again this year.
In response to student protests and cruelty concerns, MSU declined to host animal circuses on campus in 2009. Unfortunately, by 2010, they were brought back to campus—until now.
The school has announced that there are no plans to bring animals back to MSU in 2012, and students are now calling for a permanent ban. In a news release, Mitch Goldsmith of MSU’s Students Promoting Animal Rights had this to say:
The cruelty and abuse involved in animal circuses is contrary to the values we hold at Michigan State University. Now is the time for [P]resident Simon and the Board of Trustees to move forward with an [outright] ban of animal circuses on campus.
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