Tag Archives: Outreach

Weekly Action Alert: Write a Letter to the Editor about Circus Cruelty

We still have time to share the truth about circus cruelty with people before they buy tickets to Ringling Bros. at the Times Union Center.  An easy way to reach a lot of people is to send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. The opinion page is the second most read section of a newspaper, so you will have a very large audience!

Circus Training Methods

In Defense of Animals gives these key points for writing LTE’s on their website (check out their circus facts, too):

Be timely – Capitalize on recent news and events, respond within 24 hours of a story if possible.  Be sure to refer to the article or event you are responding to in the first sentence of the letter.

Keep it short and simple – Under 250 words ideally, even less if you can. Research the paper or magazine you are writing to see if they have a specific word limit. Keep your points clear and stick to one subject. Look at the editorial page of the publication you’re writing to and copy the format they normally print.

Think locally – Demonstrate how this issue effects you locally, and – if possible – mention lawmakers or news makers by name to ensure you get their attention.
Sign your letter. Include your name, address and telephone number. Papers may need to contact you if they are considering printing your letter. Don’t worry—they won’t print your phone or street address.

Follow-up. If the newspaper doesn’t call you, call them!  Speak to the person in charge of letters to the editor (You should know who this is before writing your letter). Ask if they plan on printing your letter, and if not, ask if they have any feedback for you.  Thank them for their time and feedback.

Here are some area newspapers with links to their LTE submission page:

The Post Star
The Times Union: Email letters to tuletters@timesunion.com.
The Saratogian: Email letters to letters@saratogian.com
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Schenectady Gazette
Troy Record: Email letters to letters@troyrecord.com

If your letter gets published, be sure to send us the link so we can post it here!

Volunteers and College Students Needed

We need your help to gather more supporters and effectively share our message in the area.

Any big event such as a concert or sporting event, college campuses and busy areas of town are great opportunities for leafletting.  Handing out literature is really easy, especially if you enjoy interacting with others, and can make a big impact.  It’s true that some people will not even consider the information you’re giving them, however others will take that information home and really think about it and even make changes in their own lives.  The moral of the story is that you never know just how big of an impact you’re making.

If you’re interested in leafletting at local events/areas, email us at adkanimalrights@gmail.com.  We’ll provide literature if we can.  Contact us with any events and locations you think need our attention as well.

We’d also like to build up a base of volunteers at local college campuses to recruit supporters and publicize our events.  If you’re interested email us with your contact information and the name of the college you attend.

Animal Abusers are Not Welcome in our Area

Ringling Bros. Circus will be returning to Albany this May.

Please continue to leave comments on these Facebook pages:
http://www.facebook.com/TUCenter
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155432937845138
Email them: info@timesunioncenter-albany.com
Call them: 518.487.2000

Let them know that circuses are no place for animals.

For more information:

http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/
http://www.idausa.org/facts/circusfacts.html
http://www.helpelephants.com/circus_elephants.html

This year we want to focus on educating the public before they even purchase tickets. We’re going to collect literature (contact us for some or download here: http://www.idausa.org/shop-ida/lit6.html).

Join us for a leafletting event (to be scheduled) or go out on your own! Any busy location will work!

Showtimes:
Thursday, May 5: 7:00PM
Friday, May 6: 10:30AM & 7:00PM
Saturday, May 7: 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday, May 8: 1:00PM & 5:00PM

NOTE: Protests will be held one hour before each showtime above (two hours before Thursday’s showtime), however Saturday is the Northeast Animal Liberation Festival and Bold Native screening at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. If you were not planning on attending this event, we encourage you to attend the Ringling protests in our absence. Thank you for your understanding and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.