Animal-Rights Advocates Protest Outside Ringling Bros. Show At Staples Center

After the elephant crying from india theyre charged up for elephants. For good cause too.

CBS Los Angeles

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ( — The circus may be in town but not everyone’s celebrating.

Animal-rights advocates protested Friday outside the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shows at Staples Center.

Activists say they’re speaking out because they’re concerned about the animals’ well-being.

“It’s an outrage; cruelty shouldn’t be entertainment,” a woman standing among the protesters said.

The animals may not be in their native habitat, but circus organizers insist the animals receive great care from trainers and veterinarians.

“These animals are as well off, if not better off, than their colleagues in the range countries,” circus animals director Janice Aria said.

Protesters insist that’s not true.

There’s video on PETA’s website of the elephants, a main attraction of the circus, chained in transport, chained backstage and chained in cages.

“These animals are suffering. They’re chained up for 23 hours a day, sometimes 11 months out of the year,” said…

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