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Friday
20
APR

Protest Abuse of Animals in Circus Entertainment: Augusta

17:00
19:15
Animal Rights Maine
Event organized by Animal Rights Maine

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Good news! Our community victory in Portland that saw the Portland City Council ban exotic animal acts has resulted in the Kora Shrine not bringing tortured animals in circus entertainment to Portland in 2018! THANKS to all who had a hand in that!

Unfortunately...our work isn't quite done on this issue, as the Kora Shriners are still unwilling to listen to scientists, biologists, animal caregivers and the massive outcry of people calling upon them to discontinue their grip on this dying tradition of animal cruelty.

And so Animal Rights Maine is gearing up, YET AGAIN, for the Kora Shrine Temple's tired tradition of exploiting animals for profit via animal-based circus acts, with demonstrations in Lewiston and Augusta.

Shriners do a lot of great things in our communities; profiting off from performances that highlight animal abuse for lowbrow "entertainment" is not one of those great things.

*******PROTEST*******

WHERE: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME.

PARKING: Free parking in the Civic Center's lot.

WHAT: Peaceful protest of animal cruelty in circuses, drawing the connection to other forms of animal abuse.

Please gather at the main entrance to the Civic Center. We will bring posters and literature for participants to hold and distribute!

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 5PM - 7:15PM.

RIDESHARE AVAILABLE FROM THE MID COAST REGION OF MAINE.

There are additional circus performances that need demo leaders in Augusta. Please email if YOU would like the info to see if you can help by leading an additional action: animalrightsmaine@yahoo.com!

ARM will provide all literature and posters...you just need to bring your awesome self!

Remember to dress warmly & bring something to drink. BRING RAIN GEAR, IF IT IS RAINING!

ALL AGES EVENT.

Please RSVP: animalrightsmaine@yahoo.com.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD & come out to as many demos as you can.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AnimalRightsMaine/events/

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If you're not convinced that exotic animals forced into lives of caged solitude, constant travel in cramped conditions, suffer lack of proper veterinary care, lack of proper exercise, and are intimidated and tortured to "break" their spirits so they will perform tricks that are unnatural and painful is a foul calculus of crude ethics ...check out these links:

1. Shrine Circus Fact Sheet: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/ShrineCircusFactsheet.pdf.

2. Learn about circus cruelty: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/circuses.aspx.

3. Watch disturbing undercover video footage that shows the breaking of animal spirits and torture to which animals are subjected for circus training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTUol7VrHTg.

Please join Animal Rights Maine in asking the Kora Shrine to adjust its 65-year tradition of hosting circuses so that the events are animal-free and cruelty-free, thereby following in line with sound ethics and the bulk of community work for which the Shriners are so rightfully proud.

Let's make our kids proud, let's make our community strong, let's put this tired tradition of circus animal cruelty to rest!

Here's how YOU can help:

1. WRITE A LETTER TO THE KORA SHRINE TEMPLE!
Please send a polite request to the Kora Shrine Temple, asking that they reconsider their affiliation with animal circuses and instead seek to employ acts that are human-only, like the Circus Smirkus out of Vermont - an all kids act! Email the Kora Shrine Temple your thoughts: office@korashriners.org, potentate@korashriners.org and recorder@korashriners.org.

2. SHARE THIS EVENT POST widely to increase our voice for animals exploited by the circus! Encourage your friends & family to write to the Kora Shrine & attend our demos! Remember...NEVER BUY TICKETS TO THE CIRCUS!

3. ATTEND ANIMAL RIGHTS MAINE'S CIRCUS PROTESTS!

The more folks we have at the demonstrations, the louder our voice for animals will be (see the top of this event listing for all protest information).

************LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP BY LEADING A DEMO OR LEAFLETING ACTION THIS YEAR! ARM would mail you literature and instructions, you'd just need to show up and welcome any other volunteers who want to help out!

LEAFLETING is recommended an hour before each show and up to the start time, as well as when shows let out until crowds disperse.

If you can help by leafleting, please email: animalrightsmaine@yahoo.com.

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Contact Melissa Gates with any questions: animalrightsmaine@yahoo.com.

Email about rideshare opportunities if you can offer or need a ride!

If you're coming from out of town and need a place to stay, let Animal Rights Maine know by zipping us an email...we'll hook you up!

THANK YOU!

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ANIMAL RIGHTS MAINE
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ARM acts to promote & protect the rights of ALL animals.