Ringling just got its bell rung, courtesy of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The circus was scheduled
to perform in the city in June, but because of Ringling’s sordid history of
violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and its recent $270,000 fine from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the city refused to issue Ringling a
permit to perform.
Just last year, Rio Rancho added a
provision to its animal ordinance barring any animal shows that had been fined
by the USDA in the past five years or cited for violating the AWA in the last
three years. Since Ringling just paid the largest fine in circus history last year and racked up 10 violations of the
AWA in the past three years, it certainly didn’t pass muster. PETA has sent a
thank-you letter to the city.
Ringling’s Next Move—and How to Stop It
Ringling is trying to haul “The Cruelest Show on Earth” to the state
fairgrounds in Albuquerque. PETA is appealing to the Tingley Coliseum at the
fairgrounds, detailing Ringling’s long history of animal abuse and urging the venue to block the circus just as Rio Rancho has.
What You Can Do
state fair officials at 505-222-9700 and politely urge them not to allow
Ringling to perform. You can follow up your call with an e-mail to the general manager of the
state fair, Dan Mourning.
Article source: PETA Files