Ringling Circus is returning to Rochester, N.Y.

April 29th – May 3rd, 2009

…and alas, ARAUNY will again be protesting Ringling’s ugly presence.

Participants in the Yellow Wall Ringling protest, 2009. Click to enlarge.

Protesters, please, arrive one hour or more before each show:

April 29 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm show
April 30 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm show
May 1 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm show
May 2 10:30 am for the 11:30 am show
2:30 pm for the 3:30 pm show
6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm show
May 3 12:00 noon for the 1:00 pm show
4:00 pm for the 5:00 pm show

LOCATION: Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Sq, Rochester NY 14614 at the corner Broad Street and Exchange Blvd
DIRECTIONS: here, or use this map

Allow yourself time to find parking (lots in the area, or on streets) and to walk over to the Blue Cross Arena

We ask the following of protesters:

Protest peacefully and legally. This means
– Stay on the sidewalk, usually close to the street (not in the building).
– Please do not taunt those who are rude to us. Be courteous.
Often they are angry because they’ve already paid for tickets, planned
their day and are already there, but remember, the children are watching!

Wear all black unless you are dressing in costume (e.g. clown, animal). This is a sad event.

Signs and literature will be provided by Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate NY.
You are also welcome to bring your own.

Please do not bring companion animals to the protest.

Advocate for the exploited and the enslaved.

NOW is the time for each of us to write to schools (who often get free tickets), to the
editors of newspapers, to Mayor Duffy, to Rochester City Council–anywhere–to educate
people about the violence promoted by circuses with animals. Ask that they NOT support
Ringling, that they NOT attend Ringling Circus when it comes to town. Write NOW, as much
as you can, and remember to suggest alternatives:

Find more information about animal circuses here
Friends of animals.org
More beautiful wild
Four reasons

Circuses without animals: bornfreeusa.org

Lois Baum, President
Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate NY