Anti-Circus Protests To Be Held This Weekend Near The FargoDome

From April 15th to the 17th, peaceful demonstrations will be held in front of the FargoDome against the El Zagal Shriners Circus, which will be performing on those dates. The demonstrations will take place one hour prior to the shows.

FULL PROTEST SCHEDULE:

Friday, April 15th
Evening Show: 7:00 PM
Protest: 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 16th
Morning Show: 10:00 AM
Protest: 9:00 AM

Afternoon Show: 2:00 PM
Protest: 1:00 PM

Evening Show: 6:00 PM
Protest: 5:00 PM

Sunday, April 17th
Mid-day Show: 12:00 PM
Protest: 11:00 AM

Afternoon Show: 4:00 PM
Protest: 3:00 PM

LOCATION:
FargoDome
1800 N University Dr
Fargo, ND 58102

Last year, local activist Nina Berg partook in the demonstrations and was pleased to see several first-time protestors in the crowd.

“We had one family who saw one of our demonstrations when they attended the circus last year and afterwards decided to look more into it,” she said. “After they learned the truth about animals in the circus, they decided to no longer attend circuses that use animals in their acts. The 8-year-old daughter of that family saw us on the news protesting this year, and that night she made her own sign and asked her mother to bring her and her sibling to join us, and they did!”

According to the Humane Society of the United States, circus animals are regularly beaten with clubs and bullhooks, electrocuted with cattle prods, and confined to small, unsanitary cages and boxcars with no heat or air conditioning. The USDA has often cited Shrine Circuses for violating the Animal Welfare Act by abusing and starving their animals and depriving them of veterinary care.

Berg advises newcomers to dress for the weather and refrain from engaging with hecklers. Signs will be available to carry, and if anyone wishes to make their own, they must keep the message respectful and non-aggressive.

The purpose of these demonstrations is to inform the public that using animals in circuses is not humane or educational, nor does it contribute to wildlife conservation.

“Take away any bullhooks, whips, and electric prods, and you’ll still have isolation, boredom, unsanitary conditions, animals enduring extreme temperatures, lack of exercise, food deprivation, rigorous training sessions, afflictions cause by performing unnatural stunts, lack of proper nutrition, and confinement,” Berg said. “The animals used are individuals, not robots or amusement rides.”

For a full listing of anti-circus protests across the nation, head to circusprotest.com.

—Särah Nour

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