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 ACTIVISTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL!

There have been messages posted on social networking sites urging people to attack circuses, Armando Cedeno, the head of the nation's circus owners association, said at a demonstration by circus performers Tuesday.

"We have a lot of threats on Facebook, with environmentalists urging people to go burn down circuses, which is very worrisome," Cedeno said as he oversaw a protest in Mexico City's main square at which circus entertainers put on a free show with horses and dogs - the only animals they will be allowed to use under a new city law banning acts with lions, tigers, elephants and other "wild" animals.

Aguascalientes state legislator Gilberto Gutierrez, a member of Mexico's Green party, said violence has already been inflicted by the circus side. He said security guards beat him and other animal rights activists in front of a circus in his state in late June.

"They broke two of my teeth ... it was a direct hit," Gutierrez said. "It was an attack by the circus people, by the security guards they employ."

The circus claimed the animal activists were blocking the entrance to the circus in Aguascalientes, where it is still legal to perform with exotic animals. Insults flew first, then fists and belts, the circus said.
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 Those Fabulous Animals

Those Fabulous Animals

"Who are the great performers that people love the best? Who are the entertainers that leave you most impressed? Who makes the circus grander the moment they appear?"

Whether you're a newcomer to The Greatest Show On Earth or a card-carrying member of the Circus Fans Association of America, you know the answer. Their very presence can eclipse the most spectacular of human efforts. They are of course the members of the world's most famous menagerie, those fabulous animals of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. It happens time and again. Daring men and women with the skill to spin audiences into a tizzy are brought low by the majesty of a lion, the high hopping feats of a kangaroo, or the adorable factor of a pony. Yet, we all bend a figurative knee, two-legged mammals and all, to the Biggest Stars On Earth, those World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephants.

I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) No matter how spectacularly talented you think you might be, every human being whose ever been privileged to be cast in the longest-running hit show in the world understands, without question, that top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost. This is why that sacred relationship between human and animal continues to captivate audiences across the United States. No matter how some might dare to distort that relationship through emotionally hyped campaigns, the tens of millions who continue to congregate at Ringling Bros. after nearly 145 years, filling arenas across the United States witness the "professional and extremely humane conditions" of the world's most renowned menagerie. ...

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