KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Today is the opening day of the Irem Shrine Circus in Kingston, but not everyone is excited.
Activists lined up outside the Kingston Armory this afternoon to voice their concern about the treatment of the animals in the circus.
Organizers claim some animals are shocked and beaten into doing tricks, and they say the captivity they are kept in is a disgrace.
“Lions and tigers and elephants, they normally would run 50 miles a day in the wild,” says Silvie Pomicter, Voice of the Animals protest organizers. “And today, the lions and tigers are sitting in a boxcar, a five foot by five foot boxcar.”
Protestors say they are also concerned about the safety of those who participate in the animal rides at the circus. They argue the wild animals can spook at anytime, which can lead to animal and human injury or death.