Another Nekkid PETA Lady Precedes the Ringling Bros. Circus Arrival in Anaheim

A year ago, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced its July 2009 show in Anaheim, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced its pre-circus protest featuring a nude woman in a cage, and Ringling and PETA went on to hold their respective elephant-parade/caged-babe pre-show spectacles in the Disneyfied streets of Anaheim.

Well, here we go again.

(See this year's protest slideshow here.)

Photo by Keith May
A Ringling Bros. elephant gets a bath before last July's circus in Anaheim.
Barnum's FUNundrum!-- "featuring 130 performers from six continents around the world, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, 13 athletes on a Russian bar, seven motorcycle riders in a Globe of Steel, and more clowns that you can see with two eyes"--comes to the Honda Center on July 28.

A date hasn't been announced yet, but a Ringling spokesperson says there will definitely be another elephant bath and parade through the streets of Anaheim to promote their really big show.
What has been announced is PETA's pre-game festivities, which are noon Friday--as in tomorrow--at the southeast corner of South Lemon Street and West Center Street Promenade in Anaheim.

That is where PETA member Meggan Anderson--"wearing nothing but shackles and covered in 'scars' from violent 'beatings' . . . which are an everyday reality for animals in circuses"--will be protesting Ringling's arrival.
Photo by Keith May
Melissa "Vegan Mel" Sehgal filled PETA's cage last July.

"I'm here to expose what the circus is so desperate to hide from the public," says Anderson in a PETA announcement. "These animals have been beaten and deprived of their precious freedom for a lifetime of cheap tricks."

"Obviously this is something they've been doing for years," Amy McWethy, spokeswoman with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey parent company Feld Entertainment, tells the Weekly. "It's apparent no matter how sound and humane the treatment Ringling Bros. provides for the animals, activist groups like PETA will never be satsified."

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