SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Animal rights activists provided a sideshow as The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was set to start a four-day run at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego Thursday night.
The circus is on a two-year tour of a mythology-based show "Dragons!" The show presents "dragon tribes from the far reaches of the Earth" performing their skills in a "circus tournament of champions," according to the Ringling Bros. website. It also features clowns, acrobats, lions and elephants.
Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a lunchtime demonstration in downtown San Diego to protest what it alleges is the mistreatment of circus elephants, which the group believes should not serve as performers in the first place.
"We're encouraging San Diegans and people who love animals to boycott the circus," said Matt Bruce, a PETA campaigner from Los Angeles who follows the circus around the country. "Baby elephants at Ringling Brothers are bound with ropes, beaten with bull hooks and shocked with electric prods."
He encouraged people interested in the issue to do some research online at Ringlinebeatsanimals.com.
Circus officials deny the allegations and allow show-goers to visit the elephants and other animals 90 minutes before the shows. It also invited the local media to cover a training session outside the arena conducted by head lion and tiger trainer Alexander Lacey.
Students and community members in San Diego County plan to march for gun control this weekend as part of a nationwide "March for Our Lives."
A stabbing outside a Costco store in Carlsbad Friday left one person seriously injured and an acquaintance of the victim's in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.
Congress gave President Donald Trump the $1.6 billion he wanted this year for his proposed "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico but the headline number masks what he didn't get on one of his signature campaign promises.
Annual data from San Diego county medical services show an alarming number of local underage drinking deaths.
A man accused of killing his girlfriend -- a mother of two -- in the apartment they shared in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego must stand trial on murder and misdemeanor child endangerment charges, a judge ruled Friday.
The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent to 3.5 percent in February amid "better-than-average" growth, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
School shootings, for good reason, make news. Most make national news. Some even make international news.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of bomb threats made against two North County high schools late Thursday night was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.
After weeks of school threats countywide, local leaders are announcing a plan of action to put a stop to it.