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THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER THAT ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST TRACY MURPHY WROTE TO THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF BUFFALO, NY:Dear Mayor Brown and the Common Council of Buffalo, The Ringling Circus has left town, and I am here dumbfounded as to why we allow a business to perform in Buffalo that is clearly abusive to Asian elephants, an endangered species, as well as many other exotic and domestic animals. The inhumane treatment toward animals with whips, blow torches and bull hooks has been documented for years by many animal welfare agencies. Currently there is a Federal lawsuit against Ringling for illegal abusive treatment toward a protected endangered species, the elephants. The animals are clearly kept in bondage and suffer greatly every day of their lives. Why cannot we reach into our sense of common decency and ban these circuses with animals? I ask all of you this question and so do many others: http://wnymedia.net/wnymedia/brianzabka/2009/10/peta-protests-the-circus/ I care deeply for these elephants, as well as all the animals that are exploited in these circuses. I am not ashamed to stand up for every one of them, and if it takes standing on the street corners of Buffalo to collect thousands of petition signatures to help these animals, I will peacefully and proudly do that. I cannot think of any other way I would want to spend the rest of my life. As Martin Luther King, Jr said, "One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Let freedom ring for these animals. Let freedom ring. Sincerely, Tracy Murphyhttp://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com
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