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Cole Bros. Circus Swings into Monmouth Park

"The World's Largest Circus Under the Big Top" sends in its clowns, trapeze artists, and tigers Aug. 17 and 18.

The Cole Brothers "Circus of the Stars" is coming to the parking lot of Monmouth Park in Oceanport on Aug. 17 and 18, with showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day.

"The World's Largest Circus Under the Big Top" features acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists, cartoon poodles, a human cannonball, bengal tigers, motorcycle stunts, elephants, and more.

Tickets are available online and also at the gate. Prices are $20 for VIP seats, $17 for reserved seating, and $14 for general admission.

There is also a coupon available which allows free admission for children 12 and under (limit 2 free kids per adult). 

For more information, visit the Cole Bros. website at gotothecircus.com

clm1950 August 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM
At long last, charges have been filed by the USDA against John Pugh and his Cole Brothers Circus, for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Please do not take your children to this circus. Cruelty to animals is not entertainment and is not educational.
Patience August 17, 2011 at 09:52 PM
This is always a good show... despite the protesters. In all my years of watching the Cole Bros. Circus, I have never seen the animals being mistreated. Granted, it is a tough life for anyone to have to travel so far and perform every few days but this has been going on for years and, in my opinion, they are doing the best they can to put on a great show without mistreating any animals.
BanCircusAnimals August 08, 2012 at 02:34 AM
In July of 2011 the USDA filed charges against the Cole Bros. Circus for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act including “failure to provide veterinary care to an emaciated elephant, failure to handle an elephant in a way that minimized the risk of harm to the public and the elephant, handlers who lacked the training and knowledge to handle tigers and elephants in public, and selling tigers without a dealer license.” These violations should have resulted in a substantial fine, but on April 9, 2012, Cole Bros. reached a $15,000 settlement with the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. As of February 2008, Cole Bros. no longer has its own USDA license and leases animal acts from other circuses, including Carson & Barnes Circus which the USDA fined for elephant abuse after employees were caught on videotape beating elephants with bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods. Many of the animal acts used by Cole Bros. have been cited by the USDA for numerous violations including failing to provide veterinary care. In 2011, Cole Bros. and its president pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act by illegally selling two Asian elephants and were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay more than $150,000 in fines. The current elephant "handler/trainer" with Cole Brothers is Tim Frisco, notorious for his brutal "training" of elephants. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ulw7RtZoao
BanCircusAnimals August 08, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Animals in circuses and traveling shows suffer horrific abuse, cruelty, neglect and exploitation. Magnificent big cats like lions and tigers are housed in cramped cages, majestic elephants are shackled and chained in trucks and train box cars; “training” methods utilize violence, fear, and intimidation to make animals perform ridiculous unnatural stunts. Not only is the physical abuse appalling, but the deprivation of any natural behaviors, choices and instincts is cruel. Countries around the world, as well as municipalities in the United States, have partial or full bans on circus that use animals. The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359, is a bill that is extremely vital to the lives of these animals, to ending this cruelty and ensuring the safety of the public. This federal bill would amend the A.W.A. to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in circuses and traveling shows. http://breakthechainus.com/ The overwhelming evidence and documentation of the abuse animals endure in circuses is irrefutable. The more knowledgeable the public becomes about the suffering of circus animals and the serious safety issues involved with using dangerous animals in performances, the less inclined they will be to support, promote, employ and attend circuses that abuse and exploit animals. Cole Brothers Fact Sheet: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/Cole_Bros_Circus_Factsheet.pdf
CigarsNscotch Twitter August 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Remember....animals are always more important than people, and groups like PETA never shake anyone down for profit. The fact that they kill more stray animals than any shelter, and that people donate money to them thinking that they are saving animals is irrelevant.

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