Thursday, November 19, 2009

Europe. Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus. Rejected By Germany and Spain.

No rest for the cruel, and bad news travels fast. Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus has taken their act to a place where they have never been before---Europe. It might look like their expanding their horizons, but I've got this feeling that they are actually looking for new markets to peddle their scandal-ridden show. With more and more Americans getting educated about the cruelty behind circuses that use captive, performing animals, Ringling Bros., must have decided to do an exploratory tour of Europe and gauge its potential. Well, the circus is there now and we've learned that Ringling has recently canceled their plans in Germany. They might veil this cancellation in so many different terms, but it is a cancellation nevertheless. No interest, no market potential, and the Germans are simply not going to be entertained by captive animals performing unnatural acts. What did Ringling think? That Europeans are as gullible as we are?

But wait. There's more. With Spain in their cross hairs, Ringling hoped for a better reception there. But again, Ringling was forced to call off its visit to Valencia, Spain. All dressed up and no place to go. Well, they can return home to the United States where the federal case against them is still in the judge's hands. That case is about violating the Endangered Species Act by chaining and beating the Asian elephants. If the decision comes down on the side of the plaintiffs, Barnum must give up their bullhooks and their chains, and their unventilated boxcars and so on. It's like being strong-armed into a certain level of humanity.

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