If the president of Shriners attacks innocent protestors, it is interesting to think how the animals are treated.
A peaceful protest from Animal Rights Activists outside the RA Centre, in Ottawa, on Saturday, where the Shrine Circus is being held, turned into a brawl when one of the protesters, Len Goldberg, was attacked by Lionel Rowe, president of the Capital Shrine Club, which is one of six chapters of the Tunis Shriners. When Goldberg bent down to retrieve a hat that the man knocked off his head, Rowe ambushed him and placed a chokehold around his neck, until another protester intervened to stop him. Apparently, freedom of speech is not appreciated by the Shriners, nor is anyone that speaks out on behalf of captive wild animals.
Photo Credit: Rob, circus protester
Although advertised as the Shrine Circus, it is actually produced by Xentel DM Incorporated, and put on by a family of circus performers that operate under the name of TZ Productions, otherwise known as the Tarzan Zerbini Circus. The Ottawa Humane Society, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, and many concerned citizens are currently campaigning to achieve legislation in the amalgamated City of Ottawa, to prohibit the use of wild exotic animals in entertainment. Legislation currently exists in more than twenty-five municipalities across Canada. According to Ontario’s Municipal Act, Ottawa City Council has the authority to create a by-law that would prohibit the use of live animals in entertainment venues. Until legislation is passed, protesters such as Len Goldberg and others, are trying to educate the public about how these animals are treated, in hopes that ticket sales will decline.