A small protest took place outside of the Kelly Miller Circus at O'Neill school on Monday. The protest centered around alleged poor treatment of circus elephants.
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Stocki, who is in his first year as foundation president, said he researched the matter when it was first brought up and was assured by Kelly Miller they took the upmost care of their animals. Stocki also said that upon arrival to , Kelly Miller by all accounts were taking every precaution necessary to properly care for the animals.
However, Stocki said the protesters do have a point, and just because the animals may be treated well now, there's no way to tell how they were trained or cared for in the past.
Stocki went on to say the foundation hasn't made any decision about whether to bring the circus back next year, and that he is always looking for and open to new ideas and alternatives. Anyone interested in offering suggestions for alternative fundraising events in the future can send Stocki an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In related news, a item on its website noted the circus generated more than $10,000 to benefit students in District 58.