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Group protests circus over animal cruelty

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The circus is in town but members of several animal activist groups say "the greatest show on earth" is actually "the cruelest show on earth."

They gathered at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday to protest The Ringling Brothers Circus.

Several dozen activists came out to the event, including from people for the ethical treatment of animals. They held signs that said things like, "warning: animal cruelty ahead," and "Ringling beats animals." They say they want people to know that if they go to the circus, they're supporting animal cruelty.

"Using animals for entertainment is inherently abusive. There's no part of it that doesn't involve abusing animals in some part. Negative reinforcement is always going to be used for the larger animals. Using either a bullhook, or whip, or an electric prod, or one of these training devices," said protester Ernest Samudio. "They're using pain in order to train their animals."

The protestors say chaining the elephants causes foot infections and arthritis.

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