As you may already know, my philanthropic focus is elephant conservation. My career in its different permutations has always been about helping others, but in 2004 I also began a conscious effort to practice corporate social responsibility and choose one cause, rather than donate randomly. It’s probably more accurate to say that elephant philanthropy chose me, but that’s a story for another time. For now, I’d just like to take 5 minutes of your time to show you what is tugging at my heartstrings and compelling me to use every venue accessible to get the word out. I hope you’ll be inspired to join me.
Ringling Bros., the “Cruelest Show on Earth” in on tour in the Bay Area. Last week, I went to Oakland to protest. What struck me most about my experience there was how most of the ticket holders were animal-loving families. They didn’t know that Ringling beats animals. Most of them were pretty uncomfortable about crossing the protest line, but most of them also went in. After all, they’d just got all the kids in the car, spent $20 on parking, and had tickets (or were committed to following through on their evening plans.) People can be better persuaded to not attend, if they know beforehand.
I created the video What Circus Animals Can’t Tell You to teach people that animal circuses are not wholesome family entertainment. I included some photos of me and friends at last week’s protest and got other performers to contribute photos and music as well. I’m hoping that people will post the link on their Facebook pages or embed the video player code into their blogs–anything to help get the word out to potential circus-goers.
Thank you for watching the video and taking a pause for my cause. It really means a lot to me and to the animals, too.
If you’d like more information about elephants, take a look at my SacredElephants website.
Jaya Savannah - Chief Inspiration Officer. Strategy Coach for Holistic Businesses. Trainer, speaker, and writer. Spiritually aware, yet street smart. Elephant lover.