Port Angeles: Shrine Circus coming to town amid threat of protests

PORT ANGELES — The Shrine Circus will be coming to town Sunday despite planned protests and falsified cancellation notices.

Throughout town, circus posters have been marked as “canceled” by an unknown protest group.

But the show must go on, said Gregory D. Kingsbury, the national marketing director for Shrine Circus, also known as Circus Gatti.

“There are rumors going around that our shows have been canceled,” Kingsbury said Wednesday. “This is not true. This is being done by animal rights activists.”

Performances for the circus are scheduled rain or shine Sunday at the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

Show times are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The circus will include trained animals in shows.

A spokeswoman for the local protest group Peninsula Animal Rights says members have not participated in vandalizing the circus signs.

But the group will protest the shows, spokeswoman Darcy Hudgens said Wednesday.

“We are protesting the use of animals in the circus,” she said. “We will be at the gate where people buy tickets and will be holding signs and handing out information about the treatment of animals.”

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The rest of the story appears in the Thursday Peninsula Daily News Clallam County edition. Click on SUBSCRIBE to get the PDN delivered to your home or office.

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