I find myself very confused by a huge contradiction in our city. We in the Asheville area see ourselves as forward-thinking, yet we continue to allow the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to come and perform in our city.
Ringling Bros. has been cited almost continuously by the USDA for numerous acts of animal cruelty. They have ex-trainers who have gone on record with PETA concerning the cruelty involved in training the elephants. Animals are left in their cages (which have been cited by the USDA for being too small) for between 26 and 100 hours at a time. After all of this, we not only allow them to come perform, but we buy tickets and support this company.
Is it too much to ask that we extend the kindness our city is known for to these defenseless animals?
— Max McDaniel