The circus will go on
[B]The circus will go on[/B]
BRAMPTON GUARDIAN, Feb 24, 2012
A circus shut down before it started last weekend because the organizer failed to get a licence is all set to go ahead this weekend.
R K Entertainment worked with Brampton fire officials this past week to make changes to the venue so it meets fire code requirements, according to city officials.
All safety concerns have been addressed, according to the city, and a licence was issued today (Friday).
The Carnivale Great Family Fun Circus has a performance scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. and four more on Saturday and again on Sunday.
The event, which has been held at the Powerade Centre for close to a decade now, was moved to an industrial area at 79 Bramsteele Rd. this year. But the event was cancelled at the last minute last weekend after the Guardian and the city received several complaints that the event was not licensed.
An advertising flyer published by R K Entertainment incorrectly identified the Bramsteele building as belonging to the Harvest Worship Centre. Harvest officials say they have not owned the building for at least two years. Harvest Worship Centre currently rents space in north Mississauga and in downtown Brampton.
Meanwhile, the circus will not go on without some controversy. A group of Bramptonians are expected to picket in front of the building Saturday, handing out Zoocheck pamphlets condemning the treatment of circus animals.
Brampton circus protest & info
I hope people will not attend this circus. It is NOT educational as it’s a really bad example of how to treat and respect animals. Circuses with animals generally lose money compared to ones with human performers. They present such a public safety risk I don’t know how cities cover the liability insurance or if they know how inadequate the emergency plans really are!
[QUOTE]"...when potentially dangerous wild animals are deprived of their basic biological and behavioural needs, when they are confined and when they are beaten, eventually, ...they will “misfire.” Add to the mix an auditorium full of people and someone is going to could hurt. It’s common sense. Accidents, injuries and deaths will happen - sooner or later - guaranteed."[/QUOTE]
Report: “THE BULL IN THE CHINA SHOP:
An Assessment of the Human Safety Risks Associated
With Wild Performing Animals in Circuses”
Report: “The Sad State of Captive Elephants in Canada”
[QUOTE]One of the two owners of Bowmanville Zoo, Michael
Hackenberger, has been publicly accused on several
occasions of mistreating elephants. For example, in 2002,
a Winnipeg Humane Society media release indicated that
Hackenberger had flown to Winnipeg to discipline an
elephant that he had loaned to the Assinibioine Park Zoo.
The elephant, Limba, had attacked a keeper at the zoo, so,
according to the release, “Limba’s owner flew into
Winnipeg from his home in Ontario following the attack,
purchased a whip and electric pod at a local livestock
supply company and beat the elephant as a reprisal for the
For those interested in protesting:
Facebook event, "Circuses are NO FUN for animals"
[QUOTE]This circus event is being held over 3 days (Feb 24,25,26th) ....see link below for the advertisement & "preview" of the animals used.
... The animals & people in the show are from the Bowmanville Zoo .
They rent out animals to anyone with the cash.
Not only is this event cruelty to the animals, it has the potential for being very dangerous to the public.
The organizers failed to get the proper permits from the city (which was only brought to light by our AR people) .That is why the show was postponed to this weekend. This shows their total disregard for the safety of people attending. $$$$ is the bottom line here.
***Please check this event page prior to attending the protest. If they fail to get the permits again we will cancel it**
This show features big cats (Panther, Lynx, Lion), zebra, bison, camels, horses, primate & a rather sad Asian elephant.
This animal exploitation must stop!!! I truly believe most people just need to be educated on this matter.
This protest will be law abiding (on the sidewalk with signs, leaflets &
educational info for those who wish to know.) PLEASE make up your own signs (I have a few) . I am hoping to get leaflets from Zoocheck.
Here are some links....please have a look to know what you are dealing with.
(this zoocheck link has good printable material for handing out...please feel free to bring some)
I am sorry this is somewhat last minute & not very well organized but we had no idea this was happening until 2 days before the original event date. PLEASE share on your pages & get as many people out as possible.
There are many shows on Saturday & Sunday, if anyone wishes to protest at other times please feel free to organize something. I am only able to come on Saturday 12 noon (for the 1pm show).
Do not park on their property....it looks like an industrial area (this is in a go cart place) so there should be lots of parking down the street.
Thank you !!!!
**I just called the phone number for clarification on the location....it is at 79 Bramsteele Rd in Brampton (hwy 407 & 410 area) it is NOT in a mosque but is being held in a go cart arena****[/QUOTE]
I hate the circus just away for them to abuse animals and make a profit of there suffering. Just like I hate rodeos. Both should be banned. I hope lots of protesters show up.
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