A rally to urge Mayor Gray to enforce cruelty-to-animals laws scheduled for Weds. March 6 has been rescheduled for Thurs. March 7 because of the snow storm.
The Ringling Bros. circus is coming to DC on March 21 for a series of performances featuring Karen and Nicole, two crippled elephants.
People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reports that their elephants Karen and Nicole both suffer from painful arthritis—the leading cause of euthanasia in captive elephants in the US—yet they are still forced to perform physically grueling tricks night after night with the circus.
They say that Veterinary inspections and even Ringling's own medical records confirm their dire condition, but Ringling refuses to give them a reprieve from the shows.
There is, however, a law in DC that prohibits people from forcing animals to work when, like Karen and Nicole, they are not fit to work—and PETA is asking for citizens to help to ensure that it is enforced.
Organizer Justen Jones says that this is an "important opportunity to speak up for elephants suffering in the circus.”
Despite today's snow, this demonstration will be held tomorrow from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave N.W.