Letter: Ticket for 'Lion Ark' helps worthy cause

To the editor:

I am inviting everyone to reserve a ticket by March 28 to see the film "Lion Ark," which will have a one-time screening presented by Berkshire Voters for Animals, at the Regal Berkshire Mall 10 cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. It tells the story of Animal Defenders International's (ADI) harrowing rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia to enforce that country's ban on exotic animals in circuses. The finale sees all the lions airlifted to a sanctuary in Colorado. A recent segment on TV's "60 Minutes" showed ADI's lion rescue in Peru also.

Part of the money for this film ($12 per ticket) will go to ADI to help with its continuing work of assisting governments with enforcing laws against using exotic animals in circuses, and removing those animals from the circuses. This is the same organization that helped us this past summer by providing information packets to the Pittsfield City Council, which voted 8-3 to ban exotic animals from performing within the Pittsfield city limits.

This also dovetails into a new Massachusetts statewide bill, S.490, that would also ban exotic animals from circuses throughout the entire state. Please write, call or email state Senator Adam Hinds and ask him to support this bill. His contact information is: adam.hinds@masenate.gov; 413-344-4561 and 617-722-1625.

To reserve your ticket to see "Lion Ark" by March 28, which is the deadline for ticket sales, go to https://www.tugg.com/events/lion-ark-9qf_. You can see the film trailer there too.

Cathleen Groves,


The writer is a member of Berkshire Voters for Animals.


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