Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
To the editor:
I’m writing to thank Marilyn Flynn for her bravery despite the consequences for her protest actions against the Cole Bros. Circus. Since I’ve moved back to the North Fork 16 years ago, I am always dismayed to see posters announcing the circus is back in town. (more…)
Marilyn Flynn, 84, with her rescue dog Alec in her Cutchogue home Friday morning. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Marilyn Flynn has no regrets.
Less than 24 hours after her arrest and subsequent interrogation, the 84-year-old was calm while recounting the ordeal as she sat at her dining room table Friday morning.
A Cole Bros elephant in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)
Marilyn Flynn of Cutchogue has been an outspoken critic of the Cole Bros. Circus in recent years, saying the organization promotes cruelty to elephants.
Now the 84-year-old’s opposition to the circus, which visits Greenport each year, has led to her arrest, Southold Town police said. (more…)
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport Wednesday night.
Representatives from two animal rights groups held a peaceful protest outside the Cole Bros. Circus in Greenport Wednesday evening, hoping to bring attention to what they say is the inhumane treatment of circus animals.
As people headed toward the big top on Moores Lane, the activists handed out literature and held up signs. A representative of the Greenport Fire Department, which sponsors the circus as a fundraising event, objected to the protest taking place on the Polo Grounds, Southold police officers on hand said their presence was lawful.
John Di Leonardo, president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) was joined by PETA member Bill Gibbons of Orient and several other activists. Leonardo, who described himself as an anthrozoologist, said that he and his group have protested at each of the Cole Bros. Circus appearances on Long Island.