ADI is calling on residents of Bakersfield, California, to stay away from circuses with wild animals with six new billboards that went up across the city on August 11th.
ADI is calling on residents of Bakersfield, California, to stay away from circuses with wild animals with six new billboards that went up across the city on August 11th. The bold message “Stop Circus Suffering” appears with three images from ADI’s investigations of a circus lion and tiger in tiny, barren cages and an elephant being viciously struck with a bullhook. The billboards are timed to coincide with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to Bakersfield from September 4th-7th, 2014.
ADI’s billboards were made possible by the generous donation of a young supporter, Sean Esla, who used his childhood savings to pay for the billboards and show residents the abuse that circus animals suffer.
Sean Esla: “I know there are lots of kids like me who love elephants, lions, and tigers, but they just don’t know how badly they are treated at the circus. I hope when they see these pictures, they will want to learn more and help the animals by going to animal free circuses.”
“Most people are compassionate and would never knowingly support the abuse of animals,” said Jan Creamer, ADI President. “But many are unaware of the hidden cruelty, for just a few minutes of entertainment. ADI’s new billboard campaign aims to lift the curtain and tell ordinary Americans the truth. Like many others, we believe they will walk away from these shows.”
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