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Melha Shriner’s Circus Returns to Western Mass

file (11)WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (wggb) —  The Melha Shriners Circus is in town all weekend. The circus helps to support the many activities of the Shriner’s throughout the community in order to promote awareness for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.

Saturday’s performance was hosted by our own Brittany Decker who kicked off the afternoons festivities.

The circus is an annual event which provides wholesome family entertainment at an affordable price. And those dollars raised by the circus stay within the Western Massachusetts community.

 


  • bagpip

    THE SHRINERS ARE A GOOD ORGANIZATION, BUT THEY NEED TO STOP USING LIVE ANIMALS IN THE SHOW. THESE CREATURES ARE RENTED BY A COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN BARRED LEGALLY FROM OWNING ANY, BECAUSE OF PAST ABUSE, SO THEY RENT THEM. I CAME VERY CLOSE TO BEING KILLED BY AN ELEPHANT, AND SO DID HALF THE AUDIENCE IN THAT TENT, BUT THEY NEVER KNEW IT. BOYCOTT THE ANIMAL EXHIBITS AND SHOW, AND JUST DONATE.

  • Deb

    So many factual inaccuracies in such a short piece: not only do the proceeds from this circus NOT go to the Shriners’ hospitals, but the Shriners are very clear that this is the case. Why would a TV station feel the need to fudge the truth on this issue. People should know what they are supporting when they buy a ticket, and it is not the very commendable hospitals.

    Also: “Wrinkles” and “Ellie”? These elephants are exhibited by Brian Franzen, and they are Oka, Kosti and Megue. Why on earth would he or the station feel the need to hide these elephants’ names? Could it be the long history of animal abuse, including an official USDA warning issued this past fall for beating the elephant Kosti on the head and for not having a sufficient number of adequately trained handlers, putting both the elephants and the public in danger.

    Do some research rather than a puff piece that overlooks the documented abuse these animals suffer and misguides the public into believing that the purchase of a ticket will help a hospital.

    • bagpip

      Thank you Deb.