Circus draws controversy
London Community News
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The 2012 edition of the Shrine Circus rolled into town for its traditional annual stop in London at the Western Fair District on Wednesday (June 27).
For many, it was an opportunity for to get out for an evening of family entertainment under the big top in support of the work done by Shriners in communities across the country.
But for a group of over 50 animal rights activists — most of whom were affiliated with the London Animal Alliance — it was an opportunity to raise awareness and protest the way these circus animals are trained and cared for.
Florine Morrison was behind organizing Wednesday afternoon’s protest against circus’ that use animals, something she has been doing for about 20 years. Citing training methods employed behind the scenes and the frequent transport of animals such as elephants which she contends there is no humane way to transport from city to city, Morrison feels that in this day and age it is “barbaric” that the Shriners continue to sponsor the circus.
Setting up on the sidewalk outside the Argiplex where the show was being staged, she their goal was simple. “We are trying to get the message across that these animals are cruelly trained and treated and that it sends out a very distorted and educational message to children going in to see the show.”
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