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U.K. Planning To Ban All Wild Animal Acts From Their (Travelling) Circuses.

by Anura Guruge


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Kind of inevitable, I guess — and by ‘travelling circuses’ they mean any circus that is not performed, long-duration, in a permanent location.

Well, we have all seen what happened to the elephants with the ‘Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Brothers‘ “Greatest Show on Earth“. But, they continued to have a big cat act that distressed me greatly. I would close my eyes for the duration. I just can’t act.

But, I am, as some of you might know, strange about elephant acts! They do not bother me. Maybe it is because I grew up with elephants among us. Even had some mega-rich friends that kept elephants as pets. As long as they are well treated, elephants are like golden retrievers — just bigger and not gold. They like to please — provided you take care of them. We used to have the BEST elephant shows in Ceylon when I was growing up. So, I and elephant acts. We have a history, a context and yes, ambivalence.

But, I can buy ALL wild animal acts.

This would, however, permit dogs, horses, donkeys and I assume goats. That is OK. Dog acts do nothing for I. But, I know some folks adore them.

So, this is the state of play in the UK when it comes to circuses.


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by Anura Guruge

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Ringling Brothers Circus To Do Way With Elephants, All Together, 18 Months Ahead Of Schedule!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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The original plan, as I had reported in March 2015, was to end the elephant acts by 2018. They have, bowing to increasing public pressure (some of it untoward in my (informed) opinion), decided to expedite the phase-out by quite a bit — by at least 18 months.

As I talked about in the March post I have mixed feelings about elephants performing in circuses, especially Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. I would rather see elephants perform than big cats. Having grown up in Ceylon, where elephants are domesticated, I know that elephants, in time, become like good dogs. They are happy to please and doing a few tricks, just like a dog, is no big deal. But, I have seen the documentaries, in particular, ‘An Apology to Elephants‘. So Ringling Brothers are doing the right thing. I am still a tad sad. I am 62 years old and have seen elephant shows all my life. Now, I guess, I will have to go to Sri Lanka, Thailand or India to see performing/working elephants.

Published on Oct 5, 2015 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “Legends”, at the Verizon Arena, Manchester, NH, Sunday, October 4, 2015 — 4pm show. The elephant act in its entirety. Video shot by Deanna using her Olympus camera.


Related posts:
>> Ringling Brothers helping Sri Lanka elephants.
>> Ringling Brothers in N.H. with elephants.
>> Ringling Brothers: No elephant parades.

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by Anura Guruge

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey — Helping Sri Lanka Elephants. Thumbs Up!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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When we got home from the circus, and I had a chance to take a look at the $15 souvenir program (we always buy since Teischan likes to look at them on an ongoing basis), I was amazed and gratified to see this 2-page spread about what Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey are doing to help elephants in Sri Lanka. Yes. I am glad and happy. This is good. It will be a symbiotic effort. Sri Lanka sure can do with any financial help it can get when it comes to helping the elephants and in return they have centuries worth of hands-on experience on elephant husbandry that they can share.

Click to ENLARGE and read. Picture taken with my new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Cracks me up that it allows me to take such great, high resolution pictures because it is NOT an expensive camera. Love it.


I am somewhat au fait with all the programs that Ringling & Barnum have to help elephants. Yes, we have all watched “An Apology to Elephants” documentary. Yes, we know that they will be phasing elephants out of their circuses in the next two years. But as a search on my ‘elephant’ posts on this blog will show, I am not totally opposed to Ringling & Barnum having an elephant act. From what I can see they do seem to treat their elephants well and most of their elephants seem to be in great shape. I even talked about this yesterday.

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“They”, i.e., Ringling & Barnum, are definitely on the offensive these days vocally defending their treatment of elephants. Watch Deanna’s YouTube video of the 7 minute elephant act on Sunday. They really laid it on thick. Again we have no gripes, as yet, with the elephant act. We all HATE the big cat act and I am not fond of the acts involving dogs, pigs and goats — but Deanna and the kids love those.


Three Video Clips On YouTube Of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey “Built To Amaze” Circus In Manchester, NH.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> Feeding bunny to python 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> Selling cigarettes at circus … 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade 
 Sep. 30, 2014.
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$10 tickets for opening night — Sep. 26, 2014.
>> “Built to Amaze”
 
July 23, 2014.
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‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013 — Oct. 7, 2013.

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The “Built to Amaze” circus, by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday night, October 2, 2014.

Deanna, with her Panasonic shot all three of these short video clips. I couldn’t take my Canon T3i because the Verizon Wireless Arena bans, categorically, all cameras with detachable lenses! That is so arbitrary and meaningless that it borders on insanity. I could get a fixed lens camera that takes better quality images, stills and videos, that my cheap Canon T3i.

The human cannonball act by Elliana Grace is good — though we have seen other human cannonball acts before. Deanna captures it to perfection. You can see her coming out. WATCH. Definitely rewarding.

The other two clips very nicely capture the spirit and tone of this circus.

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Trying To Feed Live Bunny To A Python At The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH — Is NOT Appropriate.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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bunnyhhhRelated posts:
>> Selling cigarettes
>> at circus … 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade
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 Sep. 30, 2014.
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$10 tickets for opening
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>> “Built to Amaze”
>>July 23, 2014.
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‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013

>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have 

>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct.  2013 circus/elephants

>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade
 Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.

++++  Search ‘circus’, ‘cirque’ &  ‘elephants’ for the numerous
>>>>  ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts.  >>>>>>


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The “Built to Amaze” circus, by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, N.H., yesterday, started off with a supposed CLOWN ACT that distressed us greatly and we were not alone judging from the screams of anguish that ran out around the arena.

These two Russian clowns, who really were not that good,
went through the motions of feeding a live bunny to a python.

I do not care if it was the circus. The whole depiction was wrong and very disturbing.

I called Manchester Police and complained!

It was like a parody. There are animal protesters outside the arena, about nine or ten (if not more), holding signs about cruelty to animals and they start with this act.

The whole act which involved 3 or 4 bunnies and one large python was NOT funny. It was downright disgusting. It might play well in Moscow but not in Manchester, N.H.

We have 3 bunnies. Our kids like bunnies.

They manhandled these bunnies and threw one around in an enactment of hiking a ball in football. That is not right. We don’t let our kids throw bunnies around.

Then the python thing was not just right.

I believe that animals experience FEAR. You are scaring a poor bunny.

This act should be stopped.

We have done quite a bit this morning. I called up bloody Barnum & Bailey. They laughed. They think everything is funny.

Plus lets not forget the SELLING CIGARETTES incident!

Deanna took to Facebook. This guy from 105.5 JYY was there. So Deanna, at my behest, post on their Facebook too (bottom). She started with Barnum & Bailey. They took down her post. So she posted again. Click to ENLARGE.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH, Selling Cigarettes To ‘Kids’, At Verizon Arena!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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marlboroRelated posts:
>> No elephant parade —
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Sep. 30, 2014.

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$10 tickets for opening night —
>> Sep. 26, 2014.

>> “Built to Amaze”
>>July 23, 2014.
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‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013

>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have 

>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct.  2013 circus/elephants

>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade
 Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.

++++  Search ‘circus’, ‘cirque’ &  ‘elephants’ for the numerous
>>>>  ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts.  >>>>>>


See below for UPDATE.

Yes we went to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, at the Verizon Arena, in Manchester, N.H., as we have done every year since 2009 (or was it 2008). This time, for the first time, we went on Thursday night, i.e., opening night, though it was a school night.cigsas1a

It wasn’t packed, despite the $15 and $10 tickets — most likely because it is a school/work night.

I always buy a program and a DVD of the circus. Teischan likes to look at the program and watch the DVD — multiple times. I noticed to my delight that the prices appear to have come down; $6 for the program and $8 for the DVD. I thought they cost much more. I usually buy this merchandise at the end when we are leaving.

But there were hardly any crowds ‘outside’ during the intermission. So while the kids were eating their chicken fingers and fries I decided to buy the program and DVD — so that we could make a quick exit at the end.

We had (v. good) seats in section 102 and there is a big merchandise stall right at the entrance to that section. So I headed for that. Just one person inline.

It was a ‘kid’ in a red golf shirt. Not sure of his exact age BUT he was young — meaning he was NOT an adult.

There was just one lady working the stall. I think she was Latin American. I might have seen her, at the Arena, before — maybe last year with the circus.

This ‘boy’ asked her something and she proceeded to get ‘it’. Then this ‘boy’ did something really weird which I could not but help notice. He started to TWIRL — yes, spin around in circles. He seemed very excited, agitated and on edge. The lady came back carry a zippered travel bag — like a small travel bag you would have, flung over your shoulder, when taking a flight. I saw what looked like VCR cases inside. Got me intrigued. I thought that they must be some special, limited-edition DVDs — in fancy box packaging. I was interested. Maybe I should get one of these, if the price was right, as opposed to the $8, just in a paper case, DVD.

What happened next shocked me. It was just so incongruous. She pulled out two packets of Marlboro cigarettes and gave it to the boy. He gave her a bill. I didn’t look to see how much. Not sure whether he got any change. I don’t think. I was shocked.

Never seen anything like. Something told me that it was NOT RIGHT on multiple levels. Even if the ‘kid’ was old enough, and I really can’t vouch for his age, it seemed ODD that they would be selling cigarettes at a Barnum & Bailey merchandise stall. Now, just at this point, I was only one there. But there could easily have been kids.

I am sure that you can’t smoke anywhere within the arena. So, would they then sell  cigarettes inside. I could even understand IF they sold them at the food counter. But this was the stall that sells TOYS.

So I asked her. She looked at me real sheepishly and one of her shoulders sagged and she said, softly, ‘YES’. I left it at that. I bought my program and DVD for $14 and paid by credit card.

Then as I was walking back to where the kids and Deanna were I saw a Verizon Arena security guard (and they are invariably very nice and helpful). So I stopped and asked whether what I had seen was ‘kosher’. Deanna and the kids were now listening. He seemed very surprised and said that he didn’t think that they were allowed to sell cigarettes to anyone. He said that there was nothing that he could do, right then and there, because it was a circus run stall, but that he would report it to his supervisor at once.

Deanna by now was most upset. She went and COMPLAINED to two other security guards, one male the other female. They like Deanna were not amused. They said that they will notify management immediately. We started to go back to our seats. Deanna hung around with her camera to see if she could spot another cigarette sale. The kids and I went back to our seats. Deanna missed the first 5 minutes because she wanted to keep an eye on the lady. She did not see anything untoward. As she was entering the stadium one of the security guards she had spoken to, the female, came up to her and said that management was coming down to investigate.

When we were leaving we had to walk right by the stall. She was NOT there! It could have been the end of her shift OR maybe she was removed.

Deanna is still unhappy.

I now kind of feel guilty and bad! Most likely this lady was doing it as a sideline. What intrigues me is how would people know that she was selling cigarettes? IS there some urban legend among kids that you can buy cigarettes at the merchandise tables at circuses? I don’t know. But I feel bad, being who I am, IF I got this lady into trouble. IF she was forced to sell cigarettes to make enough money to support her family — I feel bad. I feel that I got her into trouble. I would hate for her to lose her job. I just wish I knew the full story. All I know was that I was perturbed by what I saw. I kind of know I did the right thing.

I would feel much, much better IF I found out that it was indeed Barnum & Bailey that were selling the cigarettes as part of their corporate plan to boost profits. Then I would really go after them. But the poor lady, and she must have been poor IF she would take such a risk. What a world.

People paying $102 a seat to see the circus and lady selling cigarettes! 


UPDATE

On Friday morning I called up Feld Entertainment which owns “Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey”. There is NO “Ringling Brothers” or “Barnum & Bailey” anymore. Feld Entertainment produces the circuses using those brand names — which they own.

I called to complain about the horrendous feeding live bunny to python scene. Well the customer service rep I got, a person called Noah S. (if that is indeed his real name), was very familiar with the act and DEFENDED its appropriateness vigorously. He actually thought that it was funny that I could not see the funny side of it. Well I still don’t see the funny side to it — and this morning I did talk, finally, with the Manchester City Animal Control Officer and he said that he would go to the Arena and talk to those involved. He, however, did tell me, multiple times, that he did NOT think that they were breaking the law. It appears that pretending to feed a bunny to a python (or any other animal) is permissible as long as you don’t actually do it! Seems perverse to me. Basically we don’t subscribe that animals experience fear, anxiety or stress. Do I have to take this cause up? HELP.

Anywho …

Frustrated by his lack of interest in animal cruelty, I then decided to ‘hit him’ with the cigarette sales scenario. He went beyond being defensive. He actually became ugly and it was on a recorded line and ‘higher ups’ at FELD if they care, which I doubt, should listen to the tape as a  case study in how NOT to handle a customer.

He was interrogating me, aggressively like I had committed a crime! I guess he thought he was being clever. I hung up! I had done my duty. I had reported it.

At 5:18 pm last night I got a call. Caller ID said “Feld Entertainment”. So I answered. It was this Noah.

He was contrite. I had told him that I had blogged about the incident and he had found and read the blog post — i.e., this post. I guess that made him realize that Feld was not going to get away from this. It was already in ‘the cloud’. Yes, blogs have become the new pen.

Given that the cat was indeed out of the bag, he had called the ‘local management’ in Manchester to find out whether they knew anything about this cigarette incident.

THEY KNEW!

So it would appear that us reporting it to the Verizon Arena security worked.

We are glad.

So here is the story. The lady who sold the cigarettes does work for ‘Feld Merchandising …. (something or other)‘. Yes, she is part of Feld. She travels with the circus. Feld employees can buy cigarettes from ‘her’ (and others of her ilk, I guess). It is a SERVICE provided by Feld to their employees — because they don’t have transport to go into ‘town’. Very nice. Very considerate employees. I wonder what else they sell to keep their travelling employees happy? I wonder if they have a special saloon car on the train … you know … for ‘oh la la’!

So the implication is that the ‘kid’, in the red shirt, which did not as far as I could see, say ‘crew’, ‘Feld’ or anything similar, worked for the circus.

BUT here is the point that Noah admitted. She should NOT have been selling cigarettes in the arena during the show.

According to Noah they are basically supposed to only sell cigarettes ‘on the train’.

Well I am SURE that ‘she’, and as an employee, Feld, has broken multiple City (and possibly State) ordinances and violated those of the Arena. I kind of know that there are quite a few laws and regulations that cover the sales of cigarettes.

But will anything happen? Heck NO. They will get away with it. Ideally Manchester City police, armed with this, and the fact that we have recorded phone conversations, with basically an admission of wrongdoing, should go and crack down on the circus. 

So that is the sad story.


$10 Tickets For Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey ‘Built To Amaze’ Circus In Manchester, NH, For October 2, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> “Built to Amaze”
>>July 23, 2014.
>>
‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013

>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have 

>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct.  2013 circus/elephants

>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade
 Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.

++++  Search ‘circus’, ‘cirque’ &  ‘elephants’ for the numerous
>>>>  ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts.  >>>>>>


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This is ONE HECK of a deal! I hate to say this BUT ‘they’, viz. ‘the brothers Ringling’, must be getting desperate. I am always thankful, each year, that they faithfully come back to Manchester because they don’t get the crowds that they deserve. I knew that they had $15 for the opening night on Thursday, October 2, 2014. And trust me those $15 are GOOD. I have said it before and I will say it again: the Verizon Arena is not that big and the ‘2nd-tier’ seats are perfect for the circus. We discovered this … like 8 years ago. Deanna had a FREE voucher for Devanee for the circus. It is a program that the “Ringling Brothers” have. Register your new baby, within the first year, and you can have a voucher, for a FREE ticket, redeemable ‘whenever’. So I went to get tickets for the 4 of us — one of them with the voucher. Then the catch. The voucher was only valid for ‘$22’ seats. So I ended up buying three more ‘$22’ seats. Was a bit apprehensive. We were delighted. The seats were GRAND. We have sat in the ‘$22’ seats ever since with great satisfaction.

I know that the $15 opening night tickets are for our ‘$22′ seats. So that was a good deal. Not sure whether these $10 are for those seats. They could be — IF they have any left, but to be fair, we are talking, basically, the entire 1st-tier arena [i.e., tickets that go 1xx’]. So that is a LOT of seats. It could be the next tier up, i.e., tickets starting ‘2xx’. That won’t be as good BUT for $10 that is still a DECENT choice.

So check it out.

I would NOT buy any of these tickets online — though I have also heard that ‘the brothers Ringling’, for all the NE shows have waived the online booking charges. I make a special visit to the Box Office, in Manchester, to buy the seats in person. Has always worked out for me. Very helpful. So that is the SCOOP.


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