It was rained out yesterday, but we managed to get it going today. This was the second time in a week that we protested Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus in New Jersey. When we demonstrated for the first time, we were an all-PETA group of eight. Today, in the Meadowlands, the group numbered thirty and it was a blend of PETA and the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. We strategically positioned ourselves between the multi-level parking garage and the IZOD Center. We managed to meet the crowd who came early for the pre-show presentation and of course for the main event. We did very well because the crowd had nowhere else to go but through us, and we were ready for them. So good, in fact, that security arrived and strong-armed us into two specific and confined areas for the rest of the night. I hope that somehow we have planted seeds in the hearts of many attendees, and they may not be back for more of the circus in the years to come. Our next demo will be at Madison Square Garden in New York City, March 20, 2008. That would be opening night for their New York series, and we will be there again. I expect an even larger, noisier, and more aggressive group who will line both sides of the street. I will be investing in a high quality, high power megaphone just to be heard! Enjoy the photos. Click to enlarge.
B & B does not mean Bed & Breakfast
Attendees squirmed at this poster a lot, shows a dead and abused elephant.
We positioned ourselves just outside the parking garage and waited for the crowd.
Appealing to those across the street
Greeting the crowd as they come out of the garage
leaflets, DVDs, comic books, even stuff in Spanish
Just wanna make sure they got the message
Darn security people arrived to rein us in. We had a permit!
Night fell and it got chilly. Security walled us in.
We showed how the elephants were beaten
We like the Sopranos, but we don't like the circuses!