It seems another circus company is soiling the ground and stinking up the air in our general area. The Kelly Miller Circus is performing, their animals actually, in Washingtonville, New York in mid-June 2011. Our dear colleagues from Hearts for Animals will be there to protest their appearance, specifically on June 15th at 630pm. The indefatigable Claudia Rose Emerson, founder of Hearts for Animals will be leading that protest.
With great disappointment, I can tell you that this event was sponsored by Washingtonville High School's class of 2011. The circus website said so. Students, no doubt with the cooperation of their school, invited the circus to town. What were they thinking? Haven't the bloody news surrounding circuses reached these people?
It is particularly discouraging when the circus is invited by an educational institution. I find this to be in utter contradiction to the spirit and purpose of education. Education, if done right, includes an awareness of the significant, often pressing social issues of the time. Animal abuse in circuses-- that's not exactly a secret anymore, is it?
People who have attained a higher level of thinking, a higher level of social consciousness, will have nothing to do with circuses and their inherent animal cruelty. This is not a stretch of the imagination. The enlightened recognize and eschew crass entertainment.
Pardon me, but I will be judgmental. There is a great divide between high roaders and the low roaders. I reckon that's why there are institutions of higher learning like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and there are institutions like... well...like Washingtonville High School. Sorry.
If you want to know how bad Kelly Miller Circus is, particularly towards animals and including a charge of rape, you can read more about them HERE. Perhaps the high school should have checked this fact sheet before inviting the circus to town.