All posts tagged Circus

Jason Hribal, historian and author, most recently of “Fear Of The Animal Planet: The Hidden History Of Animal Resistance”

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Jason Hribal, historian and author, most recently of “Fear Of The Animal Planet: The Hidden History Of Animal Resistance,” which examines zoos, circuses and aquariums, and the array of circumstances behind the animal escapes and attacks that occur at those facilities. Read more…

Archele Hundley- Former Ringling Employee

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Archele Hundley–a former Ringling Bros. employee on the animal crew who’s done PSAs for PETA (though, interestingly, is not a PETA member), has spoken in front of various groups about the plight of circus animals, and testified at the big federal lawsuit against Ringling Read more…

Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

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Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which operates three animal sanctuaries in Northern California, among them the 2300-acre ARK 2000, where upwards of a dozen elephants live–discusses the needs of and challenges faced by captive elephants; indicates that her view of elephants in zoos isn’t inherently one of opposition but involves a case-by-case examination of that particular zoo, Read more…

Kristal Parks–a Denver-based veteran activist and elephant advocate

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Kristal Parks, a Denver-based veteran activist and elephant advocate–who last year mounted a 12-day hunger strike in Denver while the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was performing there, to call attention to the suffering of circus elephants–discusses her background as an activist, when & how she decided to focus on elephants, details of the water-only hunger strike and the attention it generated from both the media and circus-goers of all ages, Read more…

Cindy Carroccio–director of the Austin Zoo

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Cindy Carroccio, director of the Austin Zoo–actually an expansive rescue facility that houses animals that were formerly used in lab research, were performers in circuses and roadside attractions, victims of the exotic pet trade, “surplus” animals from conventional zoos, etc.–discusses her facility, “scamtuaries,” and a panoply of animal issues. [www.AustinZoo.com, www.AustinZoo.org] Read more…