Protest days and times (more may be added):
Saturday, Feb. 9 | 9-10 am and 2-3 pm
Sunday, Feb. 10 | 12 noon-1 pm and 5-6 pm
It's hard to believe, but abusive circuses are continuing to drag elephants, tigers, bears, zebras, monkeys, camels, horses and other animals across the country to "entertain" the public - including right here in Columbia.
The Royal Hanneford 'Shrine' circus will be in town February 7-10. In recent years the show has included 3 elephants, several tigers, 3 leashed/muzzled bears, 3 camels and other captive "performers." https://royalhannefordcircus.org/acts-1/
Join concerned South Carolina citizens in standing up for these animals, who so desperately need our help!
The protests are legal, and the local police will be notified in advance. We will be displaying signs and handing out some information. Signs will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. (Only large block letters on a plain background will be readable for the folks driving into the circus.)
We will be on the grassy areas next to the access road in front of the temple.
It's time the Jamil Shriners found another way to raise money for their travel, entertainment and building maintenance expenses that does not require animal cruelty.
**Note that Shrine circus profits DO NOT go to the children's hospital in Greenville, or any other charity. This is stated in very small print at the bottom of their promo poster.
PARKING: Plan to arrive early to allow for parking. DO NOT park in the Jamil Temple lot. Some of us will meet 15 minutes before each protest starts in the US Foods shopping center lot (corner of St. Andrews Rd. and Jamil Rd.). It's about a 7 minute walk from that lot to the protest site.
There is also an apartment complex close to the temple where people can likely park for an hour or so without issue.
The animals need your voice! We look forward to seeing familiar and new faces ?
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