Animal activists target circus

Animal activists target circus

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The greatest show on earth is drawing thousands of fans to Downtown Salt Lake this weekend, but protestors are taking the stage too.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The greatest show on earth is drawing thousands of fans to Downtown Salt Lake this weekend, but protestors are taking the stage too.

They say the circus is no place for animals.

"There's a lot of abuse that happens and neglect and we just want to be the voice for those animals that don't have one," said Organizer, Randi Jobranz.

The group says if the animals could talk they would tell a terrible tale.

"Wild animals don't belong in cages and the way they train these animals is pretty brutal," said Jobranz.

The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus says that just isn't the case. They say they spend $6,000,000 a year to make sure the animals receive top care.

"We ensure they are provided with plenty of fresh food and water, daily exercise, a large herd to socialize with, the best veterinary team from around the world" said Ryan Henning, Assistant Animal Superintendant for the circus.

Along with the care they say the animals get more attention from their handlers than a lot of pets at home do.

"It's impossible to spend that much time with an animal and not have a relationship and a bond with it," said Veterinarian Technician for the circus, Jessica Hayman.

As the protest goes on, so does the show.

One side hopes you'll reconsider.

"If they are saying wow, I can't believe this is going on then we hope in the future they just won't buy a ticket," said Jobranz.

The other hopes you'll see for yourself.

"See the animals up close and personal, whether it's our all access preshow or in the show itself and make your own judgment. See how well our animals are cared for," said Henning.

The final show for the circus is Monday night, September 30th, at 7:00 at Energy Solutions Arena.

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