Cirque Du Liban Vandalized by ALF Activists in Beirut
Animal cruelty is a topic that really, really, really grinds my gears. The only time I’ve actually been in a fight, was when I was stopping a brutish neanderthal from beating his dog to death on Marina a few years back. It was the first time I’ve actually been in a physical altercation with someone. When I saw terrorists strap bombs to dogs in places like Iraq, it broke my heart as well.
Animals don’t deserve what we do to them and nowhere is that more grotesquely obvious than the circuses that keep coming to Lebanon. These animals lead miserable lives and for what purpose? Cheap entertainment for folks that might not know any better. I never go to circuses that include animals in their act, wouldn’t want to pay money to such an outfit. I’d encourage you to do the same too, and help amazing folks like BETA and Animals Lebanon in their noble missions.
It is not the first time action has been taken against such circuses, and I thought after the 2010 incident, this wouldn’t happen again. But, it’s Lebanon, and it has. In 2010, “a two week investigation headed by Animals Lebanon led to Minister of Agriculture Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan declaring the circus animals entered Lebanon illegally. The Minister’s decision, issued 8 January, gave the circus owners only days to move all nine lions and tigers from Lebanon.”
The past week,”Animal Liberation Front” (ALF) activists in Beirut vandalized the circus, and posted the video and images on the “Freedom First” Facebook account. If you’re not familiar with the ALF, here’s a bit of background:
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is an international, clandestine leaderless resistance that engages in illegal direct action in pursuit of animal rights. Activists see themselves as a modern-dayUnderground Railroad, removing animals from laboratories and farms, destroying facilities, arranging safe houses and veterinary care, and operating sanctuaries where the animals subsequently live. Critics have classified them as terrorists.
UPDATE: the stencils have been mostly removed by the Circus, but a petition is being run to pressure the Tourism Ministry to ban the use of animals at Cirque du Liban. Sign it here
Check out the video here and below are some more photos of the direct action.