I am sorry to report that the New York station, NY1 news, which has an excellent history of animal friendly coverage, has today done a brief but awful fluff piece on the Cole Bros circus. You can watch it at http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=72120
If you are relatively new to animal issues, and not familiar with what goes on behind the big top, please go to http://www.circuses.com/
Watch the video headed, "Make em scream" -- if you have the stomach for it. You'll hear those baby elephants scream as a lunatic trainer shows his protego how he "sinks in" his bullhook and describes wiggling it around in the flesh.
As for Cole Brothers in particular, go to http://www.circuses.com/fact-clyde.asp fo the information NY1 left out of the story.
Please send a note to the station and ask for an appropriate story on the circus, including cover of the animal cruelty citations. If you live in New York, it is incumbent upon you to write! But there is nothing wrong with the station learning that people across the country re discussed. Please, however, express you concerns and disappointment politely. It is important that we share what we know in a way that it will be taken in, rather than deflected without consideration because of the manner in which it was delivered. We can vent to each other, but we are in no way helping the animals if we make enemies out of the media. The media is powerful and the animals need powerful friends.
The station takes comments at email@example.com and takes its feedback seriously.
Yours and the animals',
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Date: Mon Jul 30 18:51:19 2007
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