Animals in the Circus NEED Your Help!
The 74th annual animal circus at the Lulu Shrine Temple is back in town for its display of abuse.
Now is your chance to speak out on the behalf of these animals. Please join us for peaceful demonstrations at the Lulu Shrine Circus on Thursday, May 14, Friday, May 15, Saturday, May 16, and Sunday May 17 on Butler Pike in front of the Lulu Shrine Temple.
Signs will be provided. JUST SHOW UP AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
SHRINE CIRCUS FACTS: The Shriners do not operate their own traveling circus. Instead, local Shrine temples hire existing circuses or put together a collection of acts to perform. LuLu Shrine Circus has hired elephant, tiger, dog, and other animal acts in the past and is expected to have the same acts this year. The annual circuses are held as fundraisers for the fraternal group, but proceeds from Shrine Circuses usually benefit Shrine Temple operations only. The Shriners announce in small writing on tickets that proceeds do not benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children and contributions or gifts to the Shrine Circus are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.
In addition to showing up for a demonstration, we ask that you contact the Shriners. Please contact the Potentate, or chief executive, at the Lulu Shrine temple and urge him to replace the circus with non-animal fundraisers, such as golf tournaments, car shows, festivals, or an animal-free circus: Matthew W. Hallowell, Potentate, LuLu Shriners 5140 Butler Pike Plymouth Meeting PA 19462 Phone: (610) 828-9050.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR . . .
- -- Where we stand?
We stand on the side of the road at the entrance to the parking lot of the Lulu Shrine Temple. There is only one entrance, so everyone going to the rodeo can see us and our signs.
--- What we do?
We display non-graphic signs with slogans like "Warning- Animal Abuse Inside" and information about animal circuses.
The local police have approved our parking on the shoulder of Butler Pike. Please try to park close to other cars there so that the view of the demonstration itself is unobstructed (don't park close to the driveway leading up to the Temple - park closer to the little house on the other end of the shoulder area)
--- Police Interaction?
We have coordinated with the local police department (Whitemarsh Twp covers this area) regarding our First Amendment to the United States Constitution rights. The police are usually well-informed about our demonstrations and we generally have no problems.
There are some stores a few miles away, but nothing really close.
--- Receptivity of the patrons?
We don't have much one-on-one contact because we are standing by the side of the road and can only interact with people in their cars (unless they walk over to us, as a few did last time). The reaction is overall positive, with a few defensive people flipping the bird or yelling out rude comments from the safety of their vehicles.