By Rosalie Tirella
We’ve been in the fight for wild animals for 15 YEARS!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been abusing wild animals for almost a century and a half!
Now it’s all over for them!
AMERICA HAS CHANGED! It’s not 1871 – when Ringling started out – several years after the Civil War!, an era when Black men, women and even little children were sold in manacles (the babes had theirs on their little necks!)! Mere beasts of burden to American society – one shirt for a man per half year, children went naked – even in winter – women were raped by “masters,” disease ravaged families … unimaginable suffering. America faces her ORIGINAL SIN – slavery – every day!
Back then wild animals in Ringling were shackled, too! Slaves, too! The slavery continued…
Until this past Sat. nite when Ringling told its workers…NO MORE.
An AMERICAN IDEAL becoming A FACT OF LIFE every day!
We embrace it, in spite of president-elect Donald Trump and his henchmen!
Americans saw and UNDERSTOOD the plight of tigers, lions, elephants, chimps – all feeling and knowing “mystery achievements”! – in circuses, road side zoos, zoos … and our hearts were broken! We boycotted Ringling, didn’t take our kids to the circus but instead educated them.
Vegetarianism (low, low meat) is the hip way to eat! Tofu is mainstream! (Farm animals suffer, too!)
InCity Times has been at the vanguard of a new, more compassionate America for ALL animals … and Worcester County! FOR 15 YEARS!
So, I’m proud, proud, proud to write this:
FINALLY! RINGLING CIRCUS SHUTTING DOWN! THANK YOU, PETA, CONCERNED PARENTS AND KIDS AND CITY AND TOWN LEADERS throughout the land! On the Worcester front, Thank You, Steve Baer, Deirdre Healy, Deb Young and all THE TERRIFIC INCITY TIMES WRITERS (including moi😉) who’ve educated Worcester County and Worcester about the horrific lives wild animals live in circuses! Story, after story, after story! We’ve worked so hard!
I will always love our animal rights writers!!! For being so kind! For being so fearless! For being so selfless! For being so political! … And for being such kick-ass writers!
It’s been an HONOR TO PUBLISH your circus, circus elephant and wild animals cover stories, columns and photos!
WE DID IT!
TEARS OF JOY!!!
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN 2017!
All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild animal exhibitors, including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium, must take note: society has changed, eyes have been opened, people know now who these animals are, and we know it is wrong to capture and exploit them.