If tomorrow afternoon you were to step onto a street in Penn Quarter, or down on 3rd Street in front of the Capitol, you might well see something a bit unique. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is parading their animals through town beginning at 2pm at South Capitol St and E Street, up past the Capitol and then ending up at the Verizon Center ahead of the four day run of “Funundrum” at the Phone Booth.
It’s hard not to talk about circuses without also talking about the treatment of performing animals, and there are certainly reasons to be concerned for their welfare. Out of due diligence, I give you the Ringling Bros. Animal Treatment FAQ and PETA’s allegations concerning the circus. You can make up your own mind.