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Mason City woman says circus mistreats animals, plans protest

Shrine's Circus
Shrine’s Circus

Op-ed from Breanna Mae Flores of Mason City:

I am here to enlighten people on the inhumane and abusive conditions that take place during the George Carden Circus (presented as the Shrine Circus). Myself, friends, and anyone else are welcome to sign our petition, join our peaceful protest on May 10th or May 11th, or you can contact me for and questions or inquries. This is our 2nd year in a row petitioning the George Carden Circus. Last year (May 2014) as a guest in the audience, I witnessed animal cruelty at the hands of a whip that was used on 6 Tigers in the show, Bullhooks (a rod with a razor sharp hook on the end) to push the Elephants around and force them to perform, and whip scars on the buttocks of a Camel. We are standing up for Animal Rights and want this to stop.

Will you help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures on our petition? Ways to reach the petition are by the following:

1. Find our group on Facebook: “Peaceful Protest to Ban the Shine Circus from Mason City”
2. You can call and request a brochure with a Mail/Hand-in petition ballot
3. You can visit the link directly at: https://www.change.org/p/the-north-iowa-events-center-the-north-iowa-shrine-club-the-mason-city-council-ban-animal-circuses-from-coming-to-mason-city-north-iowa?recruiter=92762764&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-notification-no_msg
4. Or you can request by e-mail for me to mail the petition link to you if you’re having trouble finding it.

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