Update on the Apple Blossom Festival’s Circus

This year, the circus’s tigers, elephants, and other animals will not have to perform in Winchester, VA.


For decades, Cole Brothers Circus has been bringing elephants, tigers, and other animals to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® in Winchester, VA. Thanks to public outcry and allegations of animal abuse, this year will be different: no animals will appear in Cole Brothers’ act. This was not an ethical decision on the part of the circus or the festival’s planners. Rather, Simon Property Group, which owns the mall property where the circus is held, recently banned all circus animals from its properties. We are happy that Simon held strong to its resolution as the circus has a long history at this location. Hopefully, this will be the end of circus animals at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®.

Read our initial post on this issue.

One Response to “Update on the Apple Blossom Festival’s Circus”

  1. bigard mauricette Says:

    je trouve qu il serait temps d arreter d utiliser les animeaux sauvages dans les cirques ils sont malheureux et surtout maltraités par les employés alors svp veuillez a ce que dorenavant les cirque ne se servent plus des animeaux dans leurs attractions je ne vois pas ce qu il y a bien a voire un pauvre animal se faire foueter pour excecuter une chose qu on lui demande il faut les laisser vivrent leur vie en toute liberté

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