Animal advocates protest local circus performances

A handful of protesters advocated against what they say is animal abuse outside the US Cellular Center downtown Thursday afternoon, asking passersby not to support the upcoming performances by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The performances begin tonight and will continue throughout the weekend. 

According to spokeswoman Bri Pollard, the group, Asheville Voice for Animals, plans to protest continually until the circus leaves town. Pollard said the group is independent but received its handouts and signs from the nationally-organized People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

5 thoughts on “Animal advocates protest local circus performances

  1. boatrocker

    I like the sign in the background that announces “Old Crow Medicine Swoh”.

  2. jdawg

    Oh, gosh. My mother-in-law is taking my 3-year-old son to this on Saturday. Please don’t yell at them on their way in.

  3. JLZollars

    The point of the protest is to educate people about the brutality animals endure at the hands of “The Greatest Show” on earth. Every dollar spent goes to the continued abuse of all circus animals. By refusing to attend, people can teach their children that supporting abuse is not acceptable.

    For more facts, visit: or watch the new HBO documentary ” Apology to Elephants” narrated and produced by Lily Tomlin.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.