Anti-animal circus demonstrators rally outside Danbury City Hall

DANBURY – Demonstrators took to the sidewalks outside City Hall last Tuesday in hopes of convincing city council members to pass a citywide ban on animal circuses.
It was one of two protests organized by animal welfare activists Jill Alibrandi, of Redding, and Lisa Leah Haut, of Bridgeport. The other took place July 20 outside the Danbury Public Library.
"It is long past due to stop promoting the repugnant notion that sentient and sensitive animals exist only for our exploitation and profit, and should be deprived of freedom, dignity and fulfillment of their most basic needs," Danbury resident Reesa St. George said last month.
Last Tuesday’s demonstration was held during the Danbury City Council meeting at City Hall on Deer Hill Avenue. Haut said there were about 30 demonstrators.
"We were visible and hundreds of people took notice of our campaign and the message we sent condemning circuses with wild animals in Danbury," said St. George, who has been involved in trying to get a citywide animal circus ban in Danbury since March.
St. George said she was "impressed to witness the conviction of residents who understand the consequences of use and abuse of wild and exotic animals in circuses."
The demonstration, however, doesn’t appear to have swayed Mayor Mark Boughton’s position on the matter.
"We certainly welcome people to express their First Amendment rights on any issue, but there still isn’t really any pending legislation in front of city council," Boughton said Monday morning.
Boughton said his position remains that an animal circus ban would be "best handled on a statewide basis."
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It’s great to see so many advocates speaking up for wild animals in circuses! 

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