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Harry Bliss sculpture in Woodruff Park to protest circus

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According to a press release from PETA, a sculpture of a baby elephant in shackles will be temporarily installed in Woodruff Park Feb. 5-12 to protest what the animal rights organization says is mistreatment of pachyderms used in circus acts. The installation is timed to precede the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus’s nine-day run at Philips Arena.

The sculpture, titled “Ella PhantzPeril,” was designed by Harry Bliss, a cartoonist and illustrator whose work appears in The New Yorker.

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jack

February 4th, 2010
12:13 pm

Weirdo, retards with an unhealthy fixation on animals.

JATL

February 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

Perhaps PETA should look more closely into the circus -they have one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the world in central Florida where they have an active breeding program and retirement area for Asian elephants -animals that are endangered in the wild. Elephants and other animals used to be mistreated in zoos and circuses, but almost all -at least in the western world -have caught up with the 21st century and treat the animals very well.

jeanv

February 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

JATL – Do you homework. Elephants in circuses are kept in chains except when they are “performing”. Read up on how social and caring elephants are toward each other. If you knew the truth about elephants in zoos and circuses you would feel differently, I guarantee you.

bobby

February 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

Elephants stink, literally.

Pat Cuviello

February 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

JATL – The circus hasn’t changed in 140 years. The recent undercover footage from PETA shows the elephant handlers beating the elephants right before the show. The recent release of pictures and testimony of a former “elephant trainer” at Ringling’s breeding farm and training facility (which you euphemistically call a sanctuary) shows the brutality Ringling uses to “train” (BREAK) baby elephants. The abuse and brutality exposed by PETA’s video and the former “trainer’s” pictures and testimony was confirmed and admitted by Ringling during their trial testimony last year. If cruel treatment of animals is not something a person supports then that person should not attend Ringling.

Bev

February 4th, 2010
1:58 pm

Elephants don’t belong in cramped spaces, traveling down the road!! HELLO!!

Dave

February 4th, 2010
10:46 pm

Elephants don’t belong in the circus when there is such a need for umbrella stands.

Audley

February 5th, 2010
2:57 am

How about a statue of PETA activists hiding the dead bodies of ‘rescued’ dogs in dumpsters? These people are hypocritical manipulators of public opinion for their own political purposes. Denounce them!

Boogers floating in my soup

February 5th, 2010
1:38 pm

What about a Dung-Beetle circus. It could follow around the regular circus and clean up all of the doo doo.

Josalin

February 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

Josalin

February 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

Hello PETA members! My name is Josalin and I’m a student journalist at Georgia State University. I am writing a story on animal mistreatment and the people who try to put an end to it. My main focus is on PETA activists who will be protesting outside the Philips Arena when the circus begins Feb. 12-14. This is a feature story for Valentine’s day and the main theme is on people who put their ethics/morals ahead of societal conventions. Please contact me if you or anyone you know will be interested in talking with me and getting your opinions known! Also, this is a Valentine’s Day piece so I am mostly looking for couples, but any information from others will be most helpful.

Thank You!
Josalin

Boogers floating in my soup

February 8th, 2010
8:31 am

PETA…A group of spoiled little attention craving Basturds.

[...] and the Animal Protection Institute did not have legal standing to sue the circus.) There’s a statue of an elephant in Woodruff Park, which isn’t that far from Philips Arena, that protests the circus. Do you see much of that? [...]