It was a year ago when Boise Weekly met a group of Wood River Valley students at Hailey's Sage School who convinced the Ketchum City Council to approve an ordinance—the first of its kind for Idaho—banning exotic circus animals from performing in Ketchum.
"Quite often, the abuse happens behind the curtain and no one can film it. You can rarely get the evidence," 13-year-old Will Griffith told BW. "And if you try to call the police to report abuse, quite often, the circus is out of town by then."
In June of last year, a handful of protesters met the Shrine Circus when it came to Boise's CenturyLink Arena with signs that read, "Their pain, your shame," and "Elephants are abused."
"Lots of people don't know what goes on behind closed doors," protest organizer Lorraine Guptill, a Mountain Home store owner, told BW prior to the demonstration. "Every year we have a lot of people who say they're sorry they went in and they're never coming back."