On Saturday, Sept 10 2011, at 7999 Boulevard des Galeries d’Anjou animal activists will gather to protest animal cruelty and educate the public attending the show on how their money fuels the torture that animals have to endure in order to perform for the public.
Members of UPAQ, Linda M. and Melanie Landry have scheduled for the protest to take place from 3pm to 4:30pm. On the Event Posting done on the social media outlet, Facebook, UPAQ states that the Province of Quebec continues to condone the Shrine Circus that is known for the ill treatment of the animals that they hold captive and enslaved for entertainment.
According to the Global Action Network website the following cities through out Canada have called for a ban of circuses:
Quebec– prohibitions in 2 municipal jurisdictions:
- Ville Saint-Laurent
- Ville de Mont-Royal
Ontario– prohibitions in 2 municipal jurisdictions:
British Columbia– prohibitions in 19 municipal jurisdictions:
- Coquitlam (ville)
- Delta (municipalité)
- Maple Ridge
- Nanaimo (ville)
- Nanaimo (district régional)
- New Westminster
- North Cowichan
- North Vancouver
- Salmon Arm
- Surrey (ville)
- Vancouver (ville)
Newfoundland– prohibition in City of St. John’s and Mount Pearl
Nova Scotia– prohibitions in 5 municipal jurisdictions:
In 1999, provincial standards for exhibiting circus animals in Nova Scotia were adopted. Circuses may not hold primate, bear, pinniped, cetacean, amphibian or fish species, and must adhere to specified standards for other species.
The BC SPCA provides on their website a report done by ZooCheck Canada; a national animal protection charity. The report states that circuses have been responsible for the following deaths and injury to people in Canada:
- 7/07 Newmarket, Ontario – Three elephants escaped from the Garden Bros. Circus and wandered into a nearby residential area before being rounded up and returned to their compound.
- 8/99 Toronto, Ontario – During the “Lights, Camera, Animals” show at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, a lion bit two trainers causing minor injuries. The lion was controlled with a fire extinguisher.
- 5/99 Timmins, Ontario – Between performances of the “Leonard Circus”, an elephant killed an employee. The worker was assisting the trainer, prepping the elephant for a show when he was kicked in the head and fell backwards.
- 4/97 Calgary, Alberta – An elephant giving rides at the “Al Azhar Shrine Circus” bit and knocked down one of its handlers. The circus refused to remove the elephant from public performances.
- 8/94 Coquitlam, B.C. – A tiger was caught under a hoop of fire and was burning for approximately ten seconds. The ramp that the tiger was expected to run up to get to the hoop slippsed and the hoop of fire fell onto the cat.
- 11/93 Metro Toronto, Ont. A keeper at the Metro Toronto Zoo was gored through the abdomen by an elephant.
- 3/91 Oshawa, Ont. A 450 pound tiger featured in Jane Jones Exotic Circus leapt on passersby on two different occasions.
- 7/90 Mississauga, Ont. A 600 pound tiger escaped for 10 minutes from the Shrine Circus.
- 8/88 Mississauga, Ont. A brown bear at a Moscow Circus matinee performance bolted into the audience.
Given all the information and facts how circuses not only hurt animals but also hurt society, UPAQ calls for all support form animal activists to come and give a voice to help end animal captivity and explotation.
To learn more and watch a video about elephant farms in the United States click here
To watch video of Sarah, 54-year-old elephant, collapsing after a performance in California on Aug. 7 2011 click here
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