The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus left Anaheim Sunday but not without a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about a second performing elephant with a mysterious "wound."
Southern California animal activists have repeatedly clashed over the years with producers of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which returns to Anaheim's Honda Center July 25-Aug. 3. But now, nearly 14 years of litigation have come to an end with a federal court settlement that has cir ... More >>
And then there were two? When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its annual Southern California swing, the venues are in Anaheim, Ontario and Los Angeles. But LA has effectively dropped out effective 2017 with the City Council's ban on bullhooks, goads and prods used to wrangle elep ... More >>
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its eight-day run in Anaheim's Honda Center today, completing a Southern California swing that included engagements in Los Angeles and Ontario. It's become a tradition that the circus arrives with elephants parading through the streets of Anaheim, ... More >>
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PETA-Ringling Bros. war spills into Anaheim council chambers, where a circus-animal ban is proposed
Most serious discussions emanating from the Anaheim City Council chambers of late involve bulls on parade, but Councilwoman Lorri Galloway carved out some time Tuesday night to talk about elephants on parade, calling for a city ordinance to ban the use of exotic animals within city limits. Though br ... More >>
An Orange County man who accused Anaheim cops of committing police brutality during a 2010 animal rights protest of Ringling Brothers Circus at the Honda Center has won a settlement from the city before a federal jury could consider the case.In his 2011 lawsuit, Bryan Monell claimed that he was vide ... More >>
Photo by Keith May/OC WeeklyWe explored in August the Rashomon reactions of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to an adult elephant hitting the ground while being loaded into a boxcar in Anaheim, with PETA claiming a sick Sarah collapsed ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Yeastie BoysDirt Clown of Yeastie BoysThe Yeastie Boys might be simultaneously the best and worst band in Orange County right now--a good old-fashioned punk rock cover band that takes itself so un-seriously it's got a circus theme. Started three years ago as a way to replace ty ... More >>
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was cited for "serious violations" of the federal Animal Welfare Act during this summer's engagements at the Honda Center in Anaheim and Staples Center in Los Angeles, an animal rights group charges.A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report ... More >>
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims that a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant collapsed while being loaded into a rail boxcar in Anaheim following Sunday night's finale at the Honda Center.Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has been sent a letter from PETA "urging h ... More >>
Photo by Keith May/OC WeeklyUPDATE, JULY 27, 1:53 P.M.: Call this the battle of the dueling spokespeople: Amanda Schinke of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) today emailed the Weekly a letter responding to comments made in the original post (after the jump) by Trudy Williams of F ... More >>
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Olivia Munn--the gorgeous Maxim model, Daily Show correspondent and Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek author--appeared last night at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' protest against the Ringling Bros. circus at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.It's a tes ... More >>
Keith May Break out the vuvuzelas! What'd you miss this weekend? We were in Long Beach's 2nd St. visiting all the World Cup viewing parties, checking out the gals of the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque (straight outta Huntington Beach!), dropping in on the PETA protest of the Ringling Bros. circus ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAnother year, another Ringling Bros. stop in Anaheim, another PETA protest. Today's protest took place at the southeast corner of S. Lemon St. and W. Center St. Promenade. And how did they protest, you ask? With an almost naked, chained redhead, of course!
A year ago, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced its July 2009 show in Anaheim, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced its pre-circus protest featuring a nude woman in a cage, and Ringling and PETA went on to hold their respective elephant-parade/caged-babe pre-show spe ... More >>
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Photo by Keith MayVegan Mel spreads the word.When Clockwork reported in June that Melissa "Vegan Mel" Sehgal confined her nude painted body to a cage to demonstrate against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' treatment of elephants and other animals as the circus prepared to come to An ... More >>
Photo by Keith MaySpray today, perform tonight.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus scored a rare two-fer today, generating attention to what it considers generous treatment of its performing animals and butts in seats for a 12-day run that begins tonight at the Honda Center. Actually, make ... More >>
Courtesy of ElephantCenter.comA Ringling Bros. elephant performer gets a washing.When Melissa "Vegan Mel" Sehgal of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) carried out her nude and caged protest against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus late last month in Anaheim, a representa ... More >>
Photo by Keith May The media was out there, and so was the circus.Anyone who marveled at the incisive journalism and expert photography displayed in the coverage of animal-rights activist Melissa Sehgal's nude protest over Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' upcoming Hon ... More >>
Courtesy of Vegan Mel's MySpace pagePETA's Melissa Sehgal (right), who also goes by "Vegan Mel," demonstrates against McDonalds.Melissa Sehgal, who vows to strip down to a nude body painted like a tiger and confine herself to a cage with a banner above reading, "Wild Animals Don't Belong Behind Bars ... More >>
Photo by Keith MayHear Vegan Mel roar!You were told this morning about the vow made by Melissa Sehgal, who also goes by Vegan Mel, to sit in a cage in Anaheim while her nude body was painted like a tiger. If you point your eyes in that direction, you can still make out the smoke trail produced when ... More >>
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