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Animal Rights Activists Confront Parents at Ringling Bros. Circus

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One of the signs frequently carried by protesters reads, "This is Ringling Baby Elephant Training." The accompanying image is of a calf being trained to lie down.

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It was that sign that protester, Jason Treger, was carrying when one father stormed out of a BMW and charged at him.

Unidentified man confronts protester

Lt. Dennis Konczyk of the Philadelphia Police Department Civil Affairs Unit moved quickly to separate the two men. Konczyk denied Treger's request to press charges after a "chest bump" stating that he perceived the physical contact to be mutual.

In describing the incident to Opednews, Konczyk said the patron had done a "noble thing" as he believed the man was protecting the woman inside the car. He quickly added that that was his "personal opinion and not a police opinion," dismissing the idea that his opinion would impact his official duties. He conceded that the protesters were functioning within the law and did not pose a threat to the patrons.

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Ed Coffin heads back to the sidewalk after speaking to Lt. Koczynk

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Cheryl Biren is a Philadelphia-based researcher, writer, editor and photographer. From 2007-2011, she served on the editorial board of Opednews.com.

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