Six Flags Awarded Temporary Restraining Order Against Animal Rights Extremist Nazis

Why should Six-Flags allow anyone to protest them on their property for crying out loud!?! Hoping they win the case, not sure they could actually loose this case and be forced to allow this type of activity on their property…Where’s a good cop when you need one?!? -Oh I forgot-Raiding another innocent victim and stealing their animals…At someone’s home and shooting their dogs…Strapping women in restraining chairs and tazzing them…Dumb question!!!

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/breaking_news/ci_25826063/six-flags-wins-court-order-barring-animal-rights

Six Flags wins court order barring animal-rights protests on park grounds

Activists must picket from sidewalk

Following a series of protests outside Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s front gate, a court has granted a temporary restraining order barring animal rights groups from demonstrating on the park’s private property.

The order, which was issued Wednesday by Solano Superior Court Judge Scott Kays, follows a string of coordinated protests this year at the popular Vallejo amusement park. The activists, who are opposed to the park’s confinement of wild animals, have worn signs and passed out fliers urging guests to boycott Six Flags or avoid the park’s animal attractions.

For years, Six Flags has been the focus of a long-standing debate on the captivity of wild animals. Activists claim the park has a record of mistreating captive animals that has led to fines and citations under the Animal Welfare Act, as well as the premature deaths of animals.

A protestor hands out fliers to guests outside of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo during a recent demonstration.

A protestor hands out fliers to guests outside of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo during a recent demonstration. (Courtesy photo)

Six Flags has vehemently denied the allegations.

The court order follows a lawsuit filed May 8 by the park’s parent company — Park Management Corporation — accusing the activists of trespassing and harassing guests and park employees.

According to the park’s rules and regulations, public protests and assemblies are prohibited on park grounds, which include the admissions area, front entrance gate and parking lots. The rules, which are posted on the park’s website, state protests must be done on the public sidewalks in front of the park on Fairgrounds Drive.

The lawsuit names In Defense of Animals, Deborah Classen of Citizens for an Animal-Free Six Flags, Janet Locke and Deniz Bolbol as defendants.

Locke and Classen both had their season tickets revoked on April 13 for allegedly causing disruptions within the park, according to court documents.

In response to the restraining order, the activists issued a statement Friday accusing Six Flags of trying to silence the public debate surrounding animals in captivity. They also questioned the timing of the park’s lawsuit, which was filed just weeks after the group raised concerns about the death of a 34-year-old Asian elephant, “Bertie Mae,” who they said was injured at the park and later euthanized.

Animal rights protestors fan out in front of the front entrance gate of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo during a recent demonstration. The park has

Animal rights protestors fan out in front of the front entrance gate of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo during a recent demonstration. The park has vehemently denied that its wild animals are mistreated. (Courtesy photo)

“The popularity of films like ‘Blackfish’ (the popular 2013 documentary criticizing the captivity of killer whales) have stimulated a national conversation about captive animals in them parks, and the threats that these parks pose to the health and safety of the animals, as well as the visitors and employees of the parks themselves,” said Susan Larsen, a member of Citizens for an Animal-Free Six Flags. “It seems clear that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is seeking to silence this conversation by keeping us tied up in court and making it as difficult as possible to hold public demonstrations.”

Protest organizers had planned to hold another demonstration Saturday at Six Flags as part of the wider Empty the Tanks movement.

A park spokesperson Friday declined to comment on the restraining order because it is a matter of ongoing litigation.

Six Flags is still seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions against the activists. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 12 in Kays’ Fairfield courtroom.

In court documents, however, park officials have denied allegations that Six Flags mistreats its animals, which include tigers, elephants, dolphins, walruses, seals, sea lions, giraffes, wild cats, exotic birds, reptiles and insects.

“Defendants’ demonstrations are directly against plaintiff’s business interests, harm plaintiff’s reputation and expound messages to guests concerning Park Management Corp’s business practices and policies to which Six Flags Discovery Kingdom vehemently disagrees,” the lawsuit states.

In a singed court declaration, Park Operations Director Dale Arnold said he believes the ongoing protests right outside the gates cause “irreparable harm” to the park’s reputation.

“I have … observed the protestors approach young children to hand (out) fliers, while on the park’s private property, and state their opinions that wild animals should be removed from the park,” Arnold said. “I believe that these demonstrations on the park’s private property harm the park’s reputation as a family-friendly business, as well as its standing within the business of zoology.”

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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned  -B

Thanks Sara for the Heads-Up on this one

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