January 22, 2017

What Happens When You Rise Up

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For my 3rd birthday, my mother took me and my half siblings to the circus.  It was the world’s most popular circus of its time. She took us to Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey® “The Greatest Show on Earth”.  Yeah, right!

I vividly remember feeling sad. I was a toddler, so its reason eluded me.

Queue motherhood.

Shortly after my Prince was born, I took advantage of some of the freebies that newborns are afforded.

One was a letter from the President (George W.) that welcomed him into the world. The other was a free ticket to Ringling.

I’ve never used that ticket.

Something felt off about it.

It sits in his time capsule. He won’t see it until he turns 21.

Getting that ticket came at a time when I was not much of an animal advocate.

I liked them. I just didn’t speak out for them.

When my Prince was 2, I bought us season passes to Sea World.

See.. still not an advocate. However, that would quickly change.

One day, I packed all his gear in the car, and off we went.

And guess what?  That sad feeling came back.

As I walked the grounds, I felt depressed.   I felt sorry for the animals.

I found it wrong for the whales, dolphins and other animals to be on display as they were.

I felt sad for the Clydesdales. So beautiful. So NOT free.

All of those magnificent creatures imprisoned for our amusement.

That “entertainment” cost me 200 bucks. I don’t miss it. We only used those tickets once. That was enough.

My Prince has also never been to a circus, for I have since taught him of their cruelty.

In captivity…

The elephants do not rear their heads and toot their ‘trumpets” because they are overjoyed.

The lions and tigers do not roar because they are happy.

They do so out of pain; out of frustration. They long for that which was stripped from them.

They long for freedom!

Hence, our vegan life choice. Animal cruelty is no longer part of our life and that includes our diet.

Thanks to the documentary, Blackfish, Sea World is on a decline. Some call the film propaganda. Others call it a much-needed wake up call.

Now, Ringling is slowly following in their footsteps. At least on a larger scale.


This news brings me great pleasure. “The Greatest Show on Earth” is not so great after all.

It’s an outmoded way of life that I hope is quickly coming to an end.

People stood together and spoke for the animals.  They rallied from all corners of the globe and cried, “NO MORE!”

This, my friend, is what can happen when you speak out for what you know in your heart to be wrong.

THIS is what happens when we RISE UP!

Ringling Bors | Adonya Wong
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