AAA of Southern New England is promoting the cruel and abusive Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus by offering discounted tickets to its members. We have shared with AAA recent undercover footage of Ringling employees as they aggressively struck elephants with sharp, metal-tipped bullhooks on their heads, their ears, their trunks, and other sensitive parts of their bodies. Despite hearing that these highly intelligent and sensitive animals are prematurely ripped away from their mothers and forced to spend up to 26 hours a day in chains, AAA of Southern New England has refused to commit to never partnering with the circus in the future or end its current promotion.
By promoting Ringling, AAA is aligning itself with a business that prematurely rips baby elephants away from their mothers to force them to perform cruel and physically demanding tricks under the constant threat of punishment. In their natural habitat, elephants walk up to 30 miles a day and spend their time foraging for food and keeping close to their family units. In the circus, they are transported in poorly ventilated, cramped boxcars and trained through fear and domination.
Please contact AAA of Southern New England and help convince the company that this is one deal that it does not want to endorse.