**Location: We will protest on the sidewalk at the intersection of Flatbush Ave and Aviation Road starting at 5:30PM to 7:00PM**
Contact info: John@humanelongisland.org, 516-592-3722
Despite New York City banning wild animals in circuses last year, UniverSoul is permitted to bring elephants, tigers, and other animals to New York City one more time, and is lobbying to delay the ban until 2020.
Please call your New York city council member to oppose Intro 57; don't delay protections for wild animals in the circus. https://council.nyc.gov/districts/
Then join us in protesting UniverSoul's opening night in Queens and stay tuned for more opportunities to protest UniverSoul during their stay in NYC through April 29th. Posters and leaflets will be provided opening night and can be provided in advance of any night of their tour.
UniverSoul has worked for years with disgraced animal exploiters who have lengthy records of animal-welfare violations.
Mitchel Kalmanson, who has supplied the cruel big-cat act for this circus, has been cited numerous times for failing to provide animals with veterinary care, among other violations. A handler admitted to inspectors that when not performing, big cats were kept caged 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the entire four to seven weeks they spend touring.
An inspection of the circus by Fulton County Animal Services in Georgia last year revealed many potentially serious issues, including the following:
•Elephants Betty and Bo, exhibited by Larry Carden, had been given minimal hay, had no water, and were made to stand on concrete, despite having bruised feet.
•One camel, named Larry, had a swollen ankle that needed to be drained and treated, and another, named Emmet, had a three-inch-long laceration on his leg.
•Several horses had chipped, cracked hooves that were "in bad shape."
•A zebra had a wound on the nose. Zebras have escaped from UniverSoul and run amok through the streets twice in recent years.