Garden Brother Circus 4/28-29

(cc) Jodie Wilson

Garden Brothers Circus has been welcomed to the IcePlex at MCC.  You can read about Garden Brothers’ lengthy record of animal abuse, neglect, and much more here.

ARRoc will be leading demonstrations against this notorious business at all five shows.  Demonstration times:

Friday 4/28 3:30-4:30 pm
Friday 4/28 6:00-7:30 pm

Saturday 4/29 12:30-1:30 pm
Saturday 4/29 3:00-4:30 pm
Saturday 4/29 6:00-7:30 pm

The location will be near the IcePlex but has not yet been determined exactly.

Please come out for as many as you can to show attendees that not everyone thinks the circus is fun for animals.

We’ve had no problems at recent protests, but here are some reminders:

  • Please do not shout or react to anyone shouting at us.  Our silence is powerful dissent.
  • Please wear no animal products (leather, wool, down, silk, fur) – circus attendees do notice and comment.
  • For their safety and comfort, please do not bring animals.
  • Stand on public sidewalk only, and do not block anyone: keep it legal.  Police are always present.
  • We welcome those who approach us with questions or for dialogue.  Always be polite.  If someone wants to talk to you but you’re not comfortable with that, you can give them a leaflet and/or refer them to the leader.

Signs

ARRoc provides signs – to be sure there is a sign for you, please RSVP and indicate which shows, though late deciders are welcome.  If you wish to make your own sign, please be sure its message meets ARRoc’s Core Values.  Graphic images, which cause people to look away, may not be as effective as a clear, short, simple, written message, which people do read.

Leafletting

Leafletting is great advocacy.  It is best done “upstream” from the protest, before attendees notice us.  I got very good “take” rates when I did this a year ago – ask me how.  ARRoc will provide leaflets for those who wish.

Weather

Rain or shine.  Dress for the weather.  Umbrellas are fine.  Consider bringing one more layer of clothing than you think you need, and consider gloves – your hands will be exposed for 60-90 minutes.  Check our web site in case of dangerous weather.

Bathrooms

Not sure where bathrooms are, so come prepared!

What else can you do?

Frankly once the circus is here it’s too late to affect attendance this year.  Sponsors already paid and parents bought tickets for excited children in tow. The best time to speak out is before the circus arrives: letters to newspapers, letters to schools, sponsors, speaking to City Council, etc.

“But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear of their oppressors, animals would never be part of a circus.” – Richard Pryor