Video: Shriners Assault ‘Santa’ Throughout Peaceable Circus Protest

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December 23, 2022

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St. LouisMoolah Shriners have been caught on video this week assaulting two nonviolent protesters who had entered a Shriners assembly to proclaim, “Coal for you for abusing animals in your circus! Drop the animal acts instantly!” Fez-wearing Shriners battered 32-year-old Sasha Monik, dressed as Santa, and 40-year-old Kyle Mayberry, who filmed the protest towards the Moolah Shrine Circus’ continued use of animals, as they tried to depart the constructing. One Shriner reportedly put Monik in a chokehold, twisted her arm, and held her towards a wall whereas three or extra of them threw Mayberry to the bottom, ripping his clothes, and pinned him down. One Shriner kneeled on his again, and one other stepped on his hand.

The Shriners saved the protesters in these positions till police arrived and charged the pair with trespassing and disturbing the peace. Monik was taken to the hospital for a CT scan and launched from there. Mayberry, who’s now affected by severely bruised ribs, was held in jail in a single day and launched the subsequent morning. The pair plan not solely to plead “not responsible” to the costs but additionally to sue the Shriners for assault.

“It’s no shock that Shriners who assist violently tormenting elephants and different wild animals for circus exhibits would additionally assault peaceable protesters,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA stands behind ‘Santa’ and her helper and is extra decided than ever to push the Moolah Shrine to drop the animal acts from its circus.”

The Moolah Shrine Circus is among the many final remaining exhibits that also use wild animals who’re confined to small crates, saved in shackles, and disadvantaged of any semblance of a pure life. It has partnered with notoriously merciless exhibitors, together with Carson & Barnes Circus, which has been cited for greater than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and whose head coach was caught on video attacking elephants with bullhooks—weapons resembling a fire poker with a pointy hook on one finish.

Monik is on the market for interviews in regards to the incident. PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals should not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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