Stop Ringling Bros Circus from coming to Grand Rapids MI

  • by: Tisha Wardlow
  • recipient: Lynne Ike, DeVos Place & Van Andel Arena Director of Marketing and Jim Watt DeVos Place & Van Andel Arena Assistant General Manager

Ringling Bros Circus abuses animals!
In the Ringling Bros. circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Tigers are viciously struck with sticks so that they'll perform difficult and confusing tricks.

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YOUR TICKET funds this cruelty! This is not fun or natural for animals to do these things.

In addition to this treatment, they spend their entire lives in cages and chains, never free to roam with their families as they would in the wild.

Please ask Van Andel arena to stop bringing them to town.

To Whom It May Concern:

Van Andel Arena is a great facility for family events, the RIngling Bros CIrcus is NOT family friendly. They abuse their animals, in addition to endangering families. The elephants have been known on occasion to reach a breaking point, when the staff of the circus are not able to control them! This has resulted in injury and death of attendees!

There are many highly entertaining and affordable options, such as Curque Du Soleil, who do not use animals. Please consider this instead.

For more information: see

Thank you!

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