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The Circus, Ringlings Brothers, Will Again Play Down & Obfuscate Elephant ‘Parade’ In Manchester This Year.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We chronicled, in detail, sometimes hourly, the frustrations suffered by many last year when the circus, the arena and the city went to great lengths to make sure that the public would not know when the elephants would parade from the train to the arena. I was being naive last year. It took me awhile to realize what all that obfuscation was all about. ‘They’, and by that I mean all parties involved from the circus to the city, are worried that animal rights activists might try to create a scene that could lead to pandemonium. Elephants, at least the Asian elephants used exclusively by circuses, are not easily spooked, but when they are spooked it is not a pretty sight.

This HBO Documentary, that I have watched parts of, has exacerbated the tension as Ringling Brothers are explicitly cited — even with pictures of the elephants performing at a circus.

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Then there was this incident that reported earlier this year: 

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And there have been protesters in Manchester the last few years — not many, but the few that were around sure made sure that people got to hear them.

So that is the issue. They want to keep the elephants ‘low key’ — however ridiculous that sounds. To be fair they did a good job of sneaking the elephants on and off the train. On the last night they moved the elephants while the show was still going on. That was never the case in prior years. We know. We used to be there for the ‘good bye’ parade.

So, that my friends, is the state of play as to what we can expect in Manchester in October re. the elephants.

Ringling Brothers Circus Elephant Hurt In Drive-By Shooting!

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Click to read full 'AP' article in the 'National Post'.

Click to read full ‘AP’ article in the ‘National Post’.


When we first heard about this, this morning on CNN, we thought the elephant had died. Suffice to say we were beyond livid. So glad to read that the elephant was not hurt badly.

This is so sad and stupid. It is because of incidents like this that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey deprived us last year of the much anticipated elephant parade through Manchester. They are just worried that some crazy person will do something really stupid — like shoot at an elephant.

Ironically, just last night we started watching the 2011 movie ‘Water for Elephants‘. Deanna had read the book and loved it. We stopped just at the point when the female elephant had been abused.