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Great news! Monday’s Ringling show at the DCU center was cancelled!

And crowds were not big for the cruelest show on earth on Sunday or Saturday! THANK YOU, WORCESTER COUNTY families! THANK YOU, WORCESTER CITY OFFICIALS FOR NOT ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR RINGLING!


I predict: In 10 years or even sooner, circuses that showcase wild animals will be a thing of the past in America, like other American disasters: slavery, blood-letting, the Jim Crow South, women being denied the vote, the Salem witch trials, banning Henry Miller novels, circuses toting around people with special needs and calling it a FREAK SHOW…

America and Worcester move forward! Yay!!!!!!!!!

– Rosalie Tirella

Hate Ringling for what it does to magnificent wild animals? We do, too! Here are some scheduled protests …

Local gal Deb Young is going gangbusters on our circus fb page, here on our website. To learn EVERYTHING about wild animals forced to “perform” in circuses and other traveling shows, click on our circus Facebook page. It’s updated all the time! 

CLICK HERE to see it!

This info is from our fb page …

PLEASE attend one or more of these PROTESTS!

Let Ringling know you don’t want wild animals chained; confined in poorly ventilated train box cars for, on average, 26 HOURS; fed garbage; forced to live lives TOTALLY alienated from the natural world!

See you at Sunday’s protest outside the DCU Center!

– R. Tirella

If a protest has not yet been planned for your area, read our Protesting Guide and then contact us for assistance with getting set up. [Click on InCity Times circus fb page!]


October 1-4 Manchester, NH Ringling Bros.

October 1-4 Everett, WA Ringling Bros.

October 1-12 Denver, CO Ringling Bros.

October 4 Waynesville Asheville, NC Waynesville Fairgrounds

October 9-10 Spokane, WA Ringling Bros.

October 10 Worcester, MA Ringling Bros.

October 14-18 Boston, MA Ringling Bros.

October 16-18 St Louis, MO Ringling Bros

October 16-18 Des Moines, IA Ringling Bros.

October 21-25 Cleveland, OH Ringling Bros.

October 22-25 Bridgeport, CT Ringlng Bros.

October 29-Nov 1 Toledo, OH Ringling Bros.

November 5 Rosemont, IL Ringling Bros

November 4-8 Pittsburgh, PA Ringling Bros.

November 12 Independence, MO Shrine Circus

November 11-15 Auburn Hills, MI Ringling Bros.

November 18-29 Chicago, IL Ringling Bros.

November 19-22 Youngstown, OH Ringling Bros.

December 3-6 Indianapolis, IN Ringling Bros.

December 30-January 2 Huntsville, AL Ringling Bros.

February 6 WORLDWIDE RALLY FOR CECIL sponsored by CompassionWorks International (see main listing for individual event listings)

Medical alert on petting animals at zoos/circuses

By Jennifer O’Connor
No one should underestimate the risks associated with petting zoos and hands-on animal displays, as the tragic death on Monday of a little boy in Maine shows.

The 21-month-old boy became sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome after contracting E. coli at a petting zoo.
Yes, those ag displays, tiger cub pens, pony rides and petting zoos can land you in the hospital or worse.

Multiple bacterial, viral and parasitic agents have been linked to contact with animals, including E. coli and salmonella bacteria and swine flu, West Nile and rabies viruses.
The most common victims of these outbreaks are youngsters. Hundreds of children around the country have become seriously ill after contracting E. coli at petting zoos.

Many have suffered catastrophic kidney failure, including some who required transplants.

E. coli outbreaks are as common as cotton candy and vary only in the number of people infected. A toddler was hospitalized with life-threatening kidney failure—and received dialysis and multiple blood transfusions—after she contracted E. coli at a Wisconsin fair in 2010.

North Carolina health officials documented 43 confirmed cases of E. coli and suspected at least 100 more in people who had visited a petting zoo at the 2004 state fair.
Infection can spread through direct contact with animals or simply by touching the surroundings near an animal exhibit. Hand sanitizer does nothing to prevent the spread of E. coli by inhalation, and the bacteria has been linked to sippy cups, pacifiers and even thumb-sucking.
E. coli and swine flu aren’t the only pathogens lurking at fairs and zoos. In 2010, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had to assess some 70 children suspected of having had contact with a rabid calf at a petting zoo.

The children’s petting zoo at the Toledo Zoo was closed indefinitely in 2005 after three animals tested positive for campylobacter, an infectious type of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness. A year earlier, a bird and a horse in the Phoenix Zoo’s petting area died of West Nile disease, even though the horse had been vaccinated.
These outbreaks are neither rare nor isolated, and safety guidelines appear to be making little difference. In a case dating back to the 1990s, at least 50 people were stricken with a particularly virulent type of salmonella after visiting a petting area at the Denver Zoo. Eight of the victims had to be hospitalized. A 5-year-old Michigan boy was hospitalized after becoming ill with a salmonella infection after visiting a petting zoo on a school field trip in 1999.

Seven other children also became infected. That same year, as many as 650 people were believed to have been exposed to rabies after having had contact with a bear cub at an Iowa petting zoo. Several had to undergo rabies vaccinations. The bear cub later died of the disease.
Is it any wonder that animals who are crammed into sweltering transport trucks and holding pens and hauled around the country are in ill health? Hiring a veterinarian to accompany them would reduce profits, so sick or injured animals often go untreated.
It’s impossible to know how many animals suffer and die on the fair circuit because exhibitors’ convoys are constantly on the move, and for the most part no one is watching. With fewer than 100 federal inspectors covering the country, it’s simply not possible to monitor exhibitors with any regularity.
But you can still enjoy a local fair without putting your children’s health at risk or supporting cruelty to animals. Simply walk on by the petting zoo, pony rides and any other displays that use animals as props.

Ringling is coming to town this weekend. Tigers jumping through fire-laced hoops …

… elephants Chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated train boxcars, usually for an ENTIRE DAY and then some! –  26 consecutive HOURS!

You know how InCity Times feels about Ringling! We sense you feel the same way: This wild animal concentration camp on wheels  MUST END NOW!!!! PLEASE boycott this circus and all traveling shows that use wild animals!!!!!


Learn More About Ringling Bros. Cruelty! Click on blue text for even more information!

– R. Tirella

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is known for its long history of abusing animals. In 1929, John Ringling ordered the execution of a majestic bull elephant named Black Diamond after the elephant killed a woman who had been in the crowd as he was paraded through a Texas city. Twenty men took aim and pumped some 170 bullets into Black Diamond’s body, then chopped off his bullet-ridden head and mounted it for display in Houston, Texas. Ringling’s cruel treatment of animals continues today.

Elephants in Ringling’s possession are chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars for an average of more than 26 straight hours—and often 60 to 70 hours at a time—when the circus travels. Even former Ringling employees have reported that elephants are routinely abused and violently beaten with bullhooks (an elephant-training tool that resembles a fireplace poker), in order to force them to perform tricks.

Since 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Ringling numerous times for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), such as the following:

  • Improper handling of dangerous animals
  • Failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals, including an elephant with a large swelling on her leg, a camel with bloody wounds, and a camel injured on train tracks
  • Causing trauma, behavioral stress, physical harm, and unnecessary discomfort to two elephants who sustained injuries when they ran amok during a performance
  • Endangering tigers who were nearly baked alive in a boxcar because of poor maintenance of their enclosures
  • Failure to test elephants for tuberculosis
  • Unsanitary feeding practices

At least 30 elephants, including four babies, have died since 1992, including an 8-month-old baby elephant named Riccardo who was destroyed after he fractured his hind legs when he fell from a circus pedestal. Elephants are not the only animals with Ringling to suffer tragic deaths. In 2004, a 2-year-old lion died of apparent heatstroke while the circus train crossed the Mojave Desert.

To learn more about Ringling’s lengthy history of abusing animals and deceiving the public, read PETA’s Ringling Bros. factsheet (PDF).

The ‘cowardly lion’ is make-believe, but cowardly hunters are real

By Ingrid Newkirk

Every bad guy in history tries to use it as a “get out of jail free” card: I didn’t know what I was doing was wrong. And that includes overblown, overprivileged little men like Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who reportedly paid more than $50,000 to stalk, wound and kill a beloved, well-known lion named Cecil. Even though Cecil was wearing a tracking collar, Palmer, who has spent his life killing all kinds of animals to behead and hang on his wall, claimed ignorance of the lion’s protected status.

The details of what took place are appalling, but while it is unusual for the animal to be so well known, do not think for a second that what I’m about to describe constitutes unusual conduct for the pathetic white men who go to Africa and elsewhere to gun down wildlife.

According to news reports, after luring Cecil out of his protected homeland in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park by tying a dead animal to their truck as irresistible bait, Palmer and his paid accomplices blinded him with a glaring spotlight, making it easy for the trophy hunter to shoot him with a high-powered crossbow. But despite Palmer’s extensive experience in killing, it wasn’t a fatal shot. Cecil lay hidden and wounded for 40 long hours, a steel arrow through his body, before Palmer and his party finally found him and shot him to death. Palmer posed with the dead lion, grinning from ear to ear, before having his assistants skin and decapitate Cecil for his trophy wall, and then just left his body to rot. Zimbabwe authorities said the hunters also tried to destroy Cecil’s collar to hide the evidence.

Is it any surprise that someone so devoid of empathy, understanding and respect for living creatures has already run afoul of the law? Palmer pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2008 for lying to a federal agent about where he had shot a black bear in Wisconsin. He and others had transported the dead bear, who was killed 40 miles outside a legal hunting zone, to a registration station inside the legal area. Palmer was sentenced to one year of probation and fined nearly $3,000.

Palmer is listed as a member of the trophy hunting organization Safari Club International. His kill profile includes 43 victims, including caribou, moose, deer, buffalo, a polar bear and a mountain lion. This is the same outfit that brags that one of its “top priorities” is to reduce the regulatory “burdens” of importing hunting trophies into the United States.

These animals were just living their lives, going about their business and raising their families. What massive emotional disconnect must one have to take joy from such killing? All animals value their lives, but to hunters, they are nothing more than targets.

Palmer and others like him hark back to the early 20th century upper class, which viewed plundering of Africa’s wildlife as a pastime for the privileged. But today’s trophy hunters, with their high-powered weaponry, beheadings and contempt for fundamental human decency, are wildlife’s ISIS.  The U.S. and Europe need to ban the importation of heads, horns, feet and other trophies — pronto.

Don’t forget to check out local gal Deb Young’s great work …

… on our circus FB page, located right here on this website! Deb is a long-time animal rights gal. She is smart and compassionate! Read what she’s posting – she knows her stuff! Learn all about the majestic wild animals caged, prodded, whipped, carted around in train box cars (where they often die from extreme heat or cold) by Ringling Brothers, Cole, down to those wretched, traveling kiddie zoos. Please boycott any “shows” that use wild animals. They destroy those animals – physically, emotionally, spiritually. EVERY day of their enslaved lives.

Please CLICK HERE to see our FB page.

Never attend or support in any way circuses that use wild animals!

Thank YOU!      – R. Tirella


Deb and her adorable Juno

Six reasons why big cats don’t belong in circuses!

We’ve poured our hearts into the elephants-don’t-belong-in-circuses crusade. Progress!

NOW IT’S TIME TO SAVE THE BIG CATS WHO SUFFER in Ringling and other traveling shows. LIONS, TIGERS, PANTHERS, COUGARS … all of these MAGNIFICENT AND MAJESTIC wild cats have captivated humankind’s imagination for millennia. Because they are so big, so beautiful, so exotic. All the more reason to let them BE FREE IN THE WILD, WHERE THEY BELONG.     – Rosalie Tirella


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made headlines when it announced that it was phasing out its cruel and dangerous elephant acts by 2018. However, many circuses, including Ringling, continue to exploit and abuse big cats, and, for those animals, there is no end in sight yet.

Here are six reasons why big cats do NOT belong in circuses:

1. In circuses, big cats are often forced to live intiny, cramped cages.

Caged Tigers in Caravan

Circuses routinely cart animals from town to town in barren cages that deprive lions and tigers of opportunities to fulfill their basic needs to exercise, roam, socialize, forage, and play. Many big cats are forced to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate in the same place. The only relief that many are given from this nearly perpetual confinement is during their brief performances, when they are subjected to whippings and roaring crowds. As a result of captivity, many big cats are overweight, while others suffer psychologically. The stressful, unnatural environment can cause some to pace back and forth or even mutilate themselves.

2. Their maternal bond is broken.

Tiger in Cage

In the wild, young tigers grow up with their mothers, but animals used in circuses are often separated long before they would naturally part, causing emotional distress for both mothers and cubs.

3. Their basic social and physiological needs are denied.

Tigers are naturally semi-nocturnal and love the water. In circuses, they’re carted around and forced to perform in the daytime and denied access to any kind of watering hole.

Adult tigers are solitary animals, but circuses ignore this fact and make them live in unnatural and often incompatible groups, sometimes resulting in fights and injuries.

CLICK HERE to read more!

Some pics from our FB circus page gal, Deb Young …

Deb has been posting such important information on wild animals in circuses and animals in general on our FB circus page, on this website. … More and more people are “liking” the page (click on text by baby elephant being “trained” to get to it). Hopefully, we’re all learning and changing the way we engage with our planet’s beautiful and always mysterious fauna.

Here’s Deb and her adorable chihuahua, Juno! I really like the second photo: You can see the love Juno has for Deb … her eyes are closed in contentment … it looks as if she’s smiling!    – R.T.




5 Circuses that need to follow Ringling and get rid of elephant acts


A few of them come to Worcester! OUR CITY MUST SHOUT: STOP THE CRUELTY TO ELEPHANTS!!!

And … a reminder!

Local gal Deb Young has created an informative and lively FB page on the wild animals forced to perform in traveling shows. Want to learn ALL ABOUT elephants, tigers, lions, bears, monkeys and the work being done in Massachusetts AND AROUND THE WORLD to put an end to their suffering in circuses, roadside zoos, traveling shows?  Then CLICK ON CIRCUS FB PAGE on THIS WEBSITE! (near the photo of the poor baby elephant!)

We’ve gained momentum with Ringling’s decision!!! Let’s PUSH ON!!!!!             – R. Tirella


5 Circuses That Need to Follow Ringling and Get Rid of Elephant Acts Now

Written by PETA March 13, 2015

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has conceded: The public no longer supports dragging elephants around the country and forcing them to perform tricks under the constant threat of being hit with a bullhook, so it’s phasing out its elephant acts. These other circuses should accept that the days of elephant exploitation are long over and allow the elephants used in their shows to be retired and relocated to sanctuaries:

1.) UniverSoul Circus

Atlanta law-enforcement officials recently charged both a UniverSoul Circus representative and Larry Carden, the elephant exhibitor performing with the circus, with cruelty to animals after a whistleblower reported to PETA that a handler with the circus forced an apparently fearful elephant to leave the stage by inserting a bullhook—a sharp metal weapon that resembles a fireplace poker—into the animal’s sensitive mouth.

A UniverSoul Circus trainer brandishes a bullhook.

2.) Carson & Barnes

The notorious Carson & Barnes Circus has a long history of abusing elephants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently cited the circus for failing to provide an elephant named Nina with adequate veterinary care. Nina—whom a Carson & Barnes worker was caught beating on video while touring with another circus in 2011—has lost 500 pounds in the last several months alone.

Nina, an Elephant with the Carson and Barnes Circus.

Nina, an Elephant with the Carson and Barnes Circus.

3.) Kelly Miller Circus

Kelly Miller Circus is using a lonely, sad elephant named Anna Louise. Elephants are highly social animals who suffer when denied the company of other elephants.

Elephants with the Kelly Miller circus and a trainer with a bullhook.

4.) Shrine Circuses

Shrine Circuses rent their elephant acts from a variety of exhibitors— all of which have deplorable records of animal care.

Shrine Circus elephant rides.

5.) Cole Brothers Circus

The Cole Bros. Circus paid a civil penalty of $15,000 to settle more than ten Animal Welfare Act violations. In 2011, Cole Bros. and its president pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act by illegally selling two Asian elephants. The circus was ordered to pay more than $150,000 in fines.

Tina and Jewel Cole Brothers Circus

What You Can Do

Urge Circus World, which has historically hired the notorious exhibitor Carson & Barnes Circus, to end cruel elephant exhibits. Also, only buy tickets to cruelty-free circuses that don’t force animals to perform silly tricks.

No kiddin’!!

Lately, I’ve been regretting not having kids. Here is one of my spare bedrooms – unconsciously kid friendly when I put it together.  …  cuz ya never know – foster care is always an option. I couldn’t afford $$ a nice head-board for the bed, so I made one with my three  1960s-flower “paintings” smooshed together. Then I decorated the wall with my First Communion dress (gently washed) and the teen acoustic guitar my late, great mom bought for me years ago. Then there’s the pony and MADELINE book …


I would never take my kid to circuses with wild animals. Even though Ringling is pulling the wool over some local reporters’ eyes –   parading their acrobat woman and talking elephant sanctuaries   – this is what I am finding all over Worcester: these flyers (see below) TOUTING exactly what most people come to Ringling for – the wild animals.

Look at how Ringling has them degraded in the flyer I picked up  today!


Dunce caps for the local reporters who stupidly fell into Ringling’s very savvy public relations/publicity campaign!

– Rosalie Tirella