Last time I blogged on this subject, I was practically run out of town on a rail. (To the guy who said he knew grade-school kids who write better than me: Please have them send their résumés to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Anyway, the PETA protest starts at noon today on the corner of Fifth and Broadway.
Here's more info from the press release:
PETA'S GIANT 'ELEPHANT' CONFRONTS POTENTIAL CIRCUSGOERS
Protesters Draw Attention to Ringling's Violent Treatment of Baby Elephants
What: A giant inflatable elephant will lead PETA members in a protest against the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Thursday. The protesters will display signs that read, "This Is Ringling Baby-Elephant Training," alongside banners emblazoned with compelling photos taken inside Ringling's training center. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment.
"Nashville residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks," says PETA Director Delcianna Winders. "We're telling parents that if their kids love animals, the last place they should take them is the circus."
Where: Bridgestone Arena, southeast corner of Fifth Avenue S. and Broadway, Nashville
When: Thursday, January 26, 12 noon