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Animal rights protesters set up at Ringling Museum

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- At Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota on Thursday, members of PETA staged a protest against the Ringling Circus.

It was led by a man who legally changed his name to “circuseshurtanimals.com”, along with someone dressed in an elephant costume.

About a dozen protesters in all gathered outside the museum to protest the treatment of circus animals.

“We’re here today because there’s a circus here that celebrates animal abuse. So were here in protest of that to make sure people know to boycott circuses that use animals,” said circuseshurtanimals.com. “I understand that the museum is a celebration of the circus, and the circus has a long history of abusing animals.”

“I think that saying that it’s glorifying it would be completely false. It’s depicting what occurred. And as an educational facility, as a research organization, it’s our job to record that history as accurately as possible,” said Chris Troksa from the Ringling Museum.

The Ringling Museum is operated by Florida State University, and doesn't have a direct affiliation with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Know for its large collection of artwork, the Ringling Museum also features a Circus Museum and John Ringling's elaborate mansion.

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