Reading With Ringling

Only available in12 cities nationwide, but what a program! Working with the local libraries, Ringling is offering a FREE circus ticket to kids who read a certain number of books.

Your city not on the list (mine isn’t)? Have your librarian check out the website, or contact Kathy Beazley. It’s not too late to get in on this deal!

Reading With Ringling


One Response to “Reading With Ringling”

  1. Katie Anne Says:

    Oh my goodness. What a ploy to get adults and children to watch animal abuse first hand. Please don’t go to the circus…even if you get a “free” ticket! In 2009, PETA recorded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus employees for many months and in numerous U.S. states. Eight employees, including the head elephant trainer and the animal superintendent, were videotaped backstage repeatedly hitting elephants in the head, trunk, ears, and other sensitive body parts with bullhooks and other
    cruel training devices just before the animals would enter the arena for performances. (A bullhook is an elephant-training tool that resembles a fireplace poker.) A tiger trainer was videotaped beating tigers during dress rehearsals. Footage from the investigation can be viewed at Former Ringling employees have reported that elephants are routinely abused and violently beaten with bullhooks. In December 2009, PETA released dozens of photographs taken by a retired Ringling trainer named Sam Haddock. The photos reveal the violent training methods used on baby elephants at Ringling’s Polk City, Florida, training center. The photos, which are available at, depict baby elephants bound with ropes and wrestled into physically difficult and uncomfortable positions by several adult men. According to Haddock’s notarized statement, the elephants scream, cry, and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. According to him, these violent training methods are the only way an elephant can be trained to perform in circuses.

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