Over 300 People Protest The Circus with Actress Olivia Munn At The Staples Center - Diversity News Magazine July 2010

 

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to Los Angeles this week beginning with a pre-dawn parade of Asian elephants from Union Station to the Staples Center on Tuesday. Shows for the Circus ran Wednesday through Sunday.

Animal rights activists, members of In Defense of Animals, Animal Acres, Last Chance for Animals, Peta, and several Entertainment Industry personalities including Actress Olivia Munn, Actress Shira Scott, Recording Artist Gene Blalock of The Faded, Recording Artist Fawn and Fashion Photographer Melissa Schwartz and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, came out in droves (over 300 strong) to protest the Infamous Circus and their  treatment of animals.  It was estimated to be the largest protest against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to date.

Demonstrators were peaceful, yet strong in their position as they marched, chanted, raised their voices, handed out educational information and stood outside the Staples Center in front of ticket holders in line. Their protests created such a stir, that 4 families decided to ask for ticket refunds once they realized why protesters were so upset. One of the families demanding for their money back said that their children saw all the protesters and asked 'why do they have pictures of the baby elephants tied up?  We don't want to see the baby elephants if they do that."  Another family, smiling after deciding to turn in their tickets stated "It feels good."

Protesters were calling for a boycott of the Circus based on the disturbing photos that had been turned over to PETA.  Several such photos were held by protesters for the crowd to see. PETA is now using these photos to file a complaint with the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) against Ringling Bros. to have their exhibitor license revoked.

You may ask youself, why boycott the Circus? Recording Artist Fawn stated: "Ringling Brothers has a horrifying track record for abusing their elephant performers. It is my belief that if the children of this world knew what it takes for the animals to 'do tricks' and 'perform' for the audience, they wouldn't WANT to come to the Circus!"  Actress Olivia Munn told reporters "This is the largest Ringling Bros. Boycott ever, so it's very exciting. Now that you know what they're doing, you just can't sit there and laugh and cheer. Go do something else with your money. Boycott the Circus and also realize it's not 1920."

Ringling trainers routinely jab, prod, hook, and strike elephants with a bull hook (a steel-tipped device that looks similar to a fireplace poker).  They use it to control large animals and force them to perform unnatural acts. Typically, these abuses occur out of public view. Protesters had such bull hooks on hand to demonstrate how sharp, heavy, ominous and destructive these instruments are.  Evidence including court documents, undercover videos, and photos of training sessions with baby elephants shows that Ringling routinely chains elephants in train box cars for more than 26 hours at a time, for as long as 60-100 hours without a break while traveling across the country for weeks at a time and they physically abuse elephants with electric shock devices and bull hooks, including one elephant who was “dripping blood all over the arena floor from being hooked.” There is also evidence that they train baby elephants through isolation from other elephants, prolonged restraint by tying their legs and hitting them with bull hooks. Linda Hogan, ex-wife of Hulk Hogan explained "This is something from back in the 1800's.  A lot of people are uneducated, it's time to educate people."

Humane Educator Ciddy Fonteboa offered another alternative to the Circus for animal lovers -- the non-profit safe haven for animals, Animal Acres.  Ciddy explained, "I feel that any business that supports animal suffering to profit from the public is also supporting violence and at Animal Acres, we support true freedom and peace for the animals that are rescued from cruelty cases. We give them the opportunity to be happy with out having to perform and entertain people." She continued to explain "At Animal Acres children and people get to see that there is no difference from these rescued farm animals than the family dog. They have the same needs that all living beings on this earth do. "  Indeed they do.  To find out more go to www.animalacres.org and www.peta.org.

Ringling Bros was not available for comment.

LINK to the News Magazine Article:

http://diversitynewspublications.com/2010/07/over-300-people-protest-the-circus-with-actress-olivia-munn-at-the-staples-center/

Over 300 Animal Advocates Protest Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus at The Staples Center

This past Wednesday, I joined over 300 Animal lovers in protesting Ringling Bros. & Barnum amd Baily Circus on opening night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As a result of us protesting, 4 families asked for a refund, after realizing the horrific treatment of these animals. This was my first protest. I didn't know what to expect, but now that I have done it, I feel ashamed to have never protested before. We have a first amendment right to speak our mind. I am often ashamed of how the human race treats animals, children and others with egotistical, pride-filled evil acts.  Here are some photos and a video blog of my journey.....

 

 

Chad Jack & Tim Letteer Vs. FAWN "Wish U Love" Music Video Remains in Top 10 for 5 Months (20 weeks) on MTV's LOGO Channel

THANK YOU for keeping the "Wish U Love" music video, directed by Stephen Wozniak in the Top 10 for 5 months (20 weeks), with it's highest spot reaching #3 on MTV's LOGO Channel! They took it down today, siting that they only allow videos to be on there for 15 weeks. (A bit of a contradiction). I thank you from my heart ♥ Maybe we will be able to break even on the song because of the longevity in the top 10. ♥ THANK YOU again!  

Be who you're born to be and be a LIGHT in the world! (Thank you for being a light in my life!)

:o)

xoxooxxo ♥

Fawn

 

Another version of the music video, courtesy of Rober McAuley!  Thank you Robert! :o) Remix By Danny James........


True Freedom on Independence Day

When some one hurts us we feel justified to be angry, but this is WRONG.  We have no control over what happens to us, but we DO have control over how we RESPOND to what happens to us  ♥  NEVER allow another to steal the LIGHT or JOY that is inside you  ♥  It is a pure heart that has joy, which will only come from a healed spirit  ♥  Have gratitude NO MATTER WHAT, and LOVE today my friends...for THIS is your only TRUE FREEDOM  ♥

 Here's a little reminder about how you can TALK your way to HAPPY


"Wish U Love" music video #3 on MTV's LOGO Channel / Manhatten Pride

Excited to tell you that the "Wish U Love" music video climbed to #3 this week on MTV's LOGO Channel!  It has been in the top 10 for over 4 months now, but this is the highest spot it has reached!  THANK YOU my friends for making this possible! I just got back from New York City, performing for Manhatten Pride. The Hades Music Pride party was off the chain!  High atop the roof of a sky scraper in Manahtten with an air conditioned Loft turned into a night club. Michael Hades spinned for 7 hours straight while people danced, drank and socialized. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this event, I hope you like the rainbow braids I wore in honor of this day!  Although it was hot in the city (over 90 degrees), the parade was even hotter with all the fierce costumes and floats!  Manhatten really knows how to put one on!  I also discovered that I was on 3 pages of the June 2010 GOOTH Magazine! Very, very cool! Thank you GOOTH magazine for your support of me in the May and June issues! I really appreciate that! On the home front, my rescue animals are doing well--17 year old Wolfadeaus (my oldest wolf dog) is hanging in there! About 12 hours after landing in LA, I attended the Shac7 event. I will be writing more about that, but please support the people in this world who are striving to make this a better place. In the coming week, I plan to visit Animal Acres to do Farm duty! I will let you know how that goes and how you can participate as well! I am scheduled to perform in CT next month to raise money for a local theatre. Deets soon to follow!  And this week I am back into the recording studio. Please let me know what is going on in your life! I love hearing from you! xoxoxo Fawn.....here are some of the New York Pride photos :o)At the Hades Pride Party high atop a skyscraper in Manhatten.

with Zhana and Michael Hades

with remixer/producer David Ohana

My rainbow hair in honor of Manhatten Pride

with Chad Jack at Hades Pride Party in Manhatten

With Richie Peralta and MIchael Hades

with my New York angel, Lovari

Dance Diva legend Amber