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Demonstrators allege animals mistreated at circus

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Several protestors from the R.O.A.R. group showed up outside a visiting circus Thursday night, claiming the animals are mistreated Several protestors from the R.O.A.R. group showed up outside a visiting circus Thursday night, claiming the animals are mistreated

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – For the second time in less than a week, the R.O.A.R. group is protesting outside an event in Wilmington.

R.O.A.R. stands for Reaching Out for Animal Rights. More than a dozen members of the group showed up Thursday outside the Cole Brothers Circus at Wilmington International Airport. They claim the animals are being treated unfairly.

"There's no rest for these animals. There's a constant going up and down the east coast, and it's not a life for a captive animal," said R.O.A.R. demonstrator Lorraine Moe. "These are not domesticated animals. They are captive wild animals."

Circus management denies the allegations, saying the animals are getting better care than they would if they were in the wild.

"They get medical care. And those ones in the wild? How much medical care are they getting?  How many times are they having baths in the wild? They're not," said Cole Brothers marketing director Rodney West.

Many of these same protestors lined Carolina Beach Road Saturday afternoon, asking  the owners of Tregembo Animal Park to improve their zoo conditions.

The group plans to show up every day that the circus is in town.

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