LION protests against alleged animal cruelty at Ringling Circus

Circus Elephants march during the Animal Walk outside of the Long Island Children’s Museum to promote the circus. LIR Photo by Priyanka Singh

Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an organization that fights for animal rights, protested the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus outside the Nassau Coliseum on the week of March 13, because of alleged abuse of animals during training. The non-profit emphasized concern about the cruel treatments of elephants. LION believes they face harsh training routines while learning tricks.

LION vice president Julie Cappiello grew up around the circus. Her great-aunts were trapeze artists. “Tigers don’t want to jump through hoops,”  she said. “Elephants don’t want to lay down. It’s unnatural behavior for them.”

Circus Elephants march during the Animal Walk outside of the Long Island Children’s Museum to promote the circus. LIR Photo by Priyanka Singh

Circus Elephants march during the Animal Walk outside of the Long Island Children’s Museum to promote the circus. LIR Photo by Priyanka Singh

LION continued their campaign against the circus at Barclays Center, where the next set of shows took place. The organization continues educating people about animal cruelty through Facebook and Twitter

Protester Ginny O’Shea said, “I never knew this was going on behind the scenes to elephants and all of these animals. All of these people inside, I’m sure they don’t have any idea. A lot of people say we are ruining it for the kids but the kids need to know.”