Alliance for Animals settles lawsuit against Dane County

The Alliance for Animals has settled its lawsuit against Dane County for alleged free speech violations for $30,000.

The lawsuit, which was filed in November, alleged that members of the group were improperly issued citations in 2009 and 2011 when they handed out animal rights literature outside the Shrine Circus at the Dane County Coliseum. The group said it had been assured by the county executive’s office that leafleting was allowed on Alliant Center property.

“I am so pleased to have been able to defend the free speech rights of Alliance for Animals and its members,” the group’s lawyer, Andrea Farrell, said in a statement. “I believe our lawsuit has helped ensure that my clients will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard as they continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the animals’ voices are heard.”

via Alliance for Animals settles lawsuit against Dane County.

Another Elephant Act Coming to Alliant Energy Center

The Alliant Energy Center is bringing yet another elephant act to Dane County in May even though the County is currently discussing a ban on circus elephants in Dane County venues.

We believe that the Piccadilly Circus is contracting the Franzen Bros. Circus for their exotic animal acts. Like the Zor Shrine Circus the Piccadilly Circus contracts their exotic animal acts.

The Franzen Bros Circus has been cited by the USDA for its failure to provide proper veterinary care, its failure to meet the animals’ nutritional requirements, and for its failure to provide sanitary conditions for the animals.

Most disturbing is a video that was taken of Brian Franzen at the Milwaukee Circus Parade in 2009. This video shows Brian Franzen jabbing and hooking his elephants before the parade in Milwaukee WI.

At a recent Dane County Public Works and Transportation committee, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Center Bill DiCarlo defended the event, saying it is a “one time only” event and that the circus “has only one elephant.” While to some, that may seem like a positive thing, keeping elephants from others of their species is even worse than keeping them in a group.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has recently required, due to the extreme sociability of elephants, that elephant groups must be no smaller than three elephants. Keeping one solitary elephant is inhumane. Because of this, many zoos are having to overhaul their exhibits or eliminate them altogether.

We are not in favor of elephants in zoos, but at least potentially zoos can improve elephants’ lives and enrich the captive environment. Circuses can’t do this. Because a circus is continually moving from city to city, it is nearly impossible to improve their surroundings or give them a more natural and healthy environment. Hauling elephants around the country and forcing them to perform requires frequent physical contact with them as well as nearly constant chaining, intimidation, and the threat of physical punishment.

We do not want this act here. How you can help:

“Don’t go.” (Sorry, we couldn’t resist that.)

Contact the Alliant Energy Center and tell them that you will not be attending the Piccadilly Circus and that you disapprove of this use of animals for entertainment.

Contact your Dane County Supervisor as soon as possible. Be sure to cc Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. If you do not know your new supervisor check the website here.

For information on how to help contact Elephants Living Free, a project of Alliance for Animals:

Alliance for Animals sues over leafleting at Alliant Energy Center during Zor Shrine Circus

A local animal rights group, preparing for a February appearance in Madison of the Shrine Circus, sued Dane County and several sheriff’s deputies Tuesday for alleged past infringements of their free speech and due process rights.

Read entire Wisconsin State Journal article here: