Peaceful protesters rally to stop animal suffering in light of Dayton circus event

A local Dayton organization rallied Saturday afternoon in a peaceful protest to educate the public about circus and animal cruelty.

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The organization, called “Don’t Eat the Homies”, was one of many local organizations called upon by CompassionWorks International’s Circus Protest along with local advocates during the run of the Antioch Shrine Circus event that is showing this weekend.

Founder of the local organization, Kiki Huddleston, says the protests are to simply bring awareness to their mission and offer resources, as well as support those who choose to be a part of it. 

“Most people love animals and don’t want to see them harmed or suffered. So, we’re here to raise awareness and educate the public to inspire people to make different lifestyle choices that reduces suffering to animals”.

Huddleston makes it known that this protest is not an anti-Antioch Shrine Circus event, but rather “Don’t Eat the Homies” aims to educate about the play of animals in all types of entertainment, using them for food, animal testing, and any other act that may cause suffering.

“It’s 2018”, Huddleston says. “We shouldn’t be doing to this animals anymore. Our society has evolved so far beyond this.”

The peaceful protest continues Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in front of the University of Dayton Arena. 

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