As little feet splashed through what was left of the rain, a friendly-looking person dressed as an elephant greeted them as soon as they exited the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro stop in Washington, D.C. The costumed individual held a red sign, which read “Free Coloring Books”—with PETA in a small print at the bottom.

The Ringling Bros. Circus is in Washington, D.C. from March 24 through March 27, drawing families to the Verizon Center as well as a protest from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.

Known for their extreme tactics to protest poor treatment of animals, protestors were stationed on the right side of the sidewalk holding signs which read “Slavery Exists,” and “Ringling Beats Animals.” Seeing the protestors, several parents swiftly motioned their kids to stay left of the side walk.

The first show time for the circus was 10:30 a.m. and PETA made sure they were out there at 9:30 a.m., according to Ashley Byrne, the campaign’s organizer. 


Erica Butler

AFRO Staff Writer