Aug 25 2013 – Animal advocate, Robert Boisvert, captured on video the conversation with a Capital Shrine Member. In the video Boisvert claims he is for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The unidentified individual reveals that he would like a circus with no animals. The taped conversation is now on YouTube and it is expected to go viral. This happened while the animal advocacy group Kebek Animal Rights Association (KARA) held a protest in the town of Lachute, Quebec.
Through out a series of questions the Capital Shrine Member, explains that his role is to do the transport of, what he calls, “the crippled” children to see the circus. Not only does he use the wrong word when referring to the children of the Shrine Hospital but he also makes a false statement. He states that it is with the money made by the circus that it pays the treatment of children. People are incredulous and believe that the circus actually benefits the Shrine Hospital for children. According to the Internet site of Voice for Animals, “The proceeds for the event go to cover Shrine's administrative costs. Many times it's announced in small writing on tickets that proceeds do not benefit Shine’s Hospitals for Children and contributions or gifts to the Shrine Circus are not tax deductible as charitable contributions." Their deceiving tactic of luring people to their presentations elude the public to realize that the Shrine Circus should not be trusted and therefore not even been considered as a charity for innocent sick children.
In the video, Robert Boisvert, claims he was witness to seeing the elephants allegedly being washed with an industrial pressure washer. “I called the company of the pressure washer that they have in order to inform my self if it is to be used on a living creature…they thought I was joking and said it was not meant for that” explained Boisvert. The machine that Mr. Boisvert saw was an EX-CELL pressure wash, the company is a sub company of DeWalt. DeWalt is a worldwide brand of power tools for the construction, manufacturing and woodworking industries. The power washer is fueled by gas and it has the strength of 2700 pounds per square inch (psi). The amount of PSI’s given out by the machine equals 388,800 pounds per square foot. It is evident why the industrial company thought the comment made by Robert Boisvert as a joke.
The site Voice for Animals also states that the Shrine Circus escapes the regulations imposed by the U.S Department of Agriculture by not being the owners of the animals that are used in their shows. The animals are leased from outside companies and several circuses give their animals for rent for the use of Shrine circus. Because Shrine does not own any of the animals used they do not need to process an exhibitor's license and therefore they are not subjected to citations under its name.
The company that performs under the banner of the Shrine Circus is the Tarzan Zerbini, Circus Maximus. The purpose of the protests is for the "entertainment" company to end their cruel practices and for two elephants named “Schell” and “Marie” be sent to a sanctuary.
KARA has scheduled the next protest for Sept 14 2013, in the city of Laval Quebec. The activism has led for newsprint media to cover their protest. “Your Local Journal” covered the last protest held in Pincourt Quebec in which the journalist covered the voice and opinions of the activists.
To read the PETA fact sheet regarding Shrine Circus click here
To read the PETA fact sheet regarding TZ Productions click here
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To learn more and watch a video about elephant farms in the United States click here
To watch video of Sarah, 54-year-old elephant, collapsing after a performance in California on Aug. 7 2011 click here
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