Press Release: TZ Productions General Manager Larry Solheim Assaults Demonstrator and Attempts to Destroy Property - Ottawa - August 9 2012
Video has been released Larry Solheim, General Manager of TZ Productions, assaulting and attempting to destroy the property of a demonstrator in Ottawa. This video was recorded earlier today, as an activist was filming TZ Productions elephants Marie and Shcell, two wild caught Asian Elephants who have spent decades traversing North America performing for TZ Productions (Zerbini Circus/Shrine Circus). Certainly not the first instance of a TZ Productions staff assaulting a demonstrator, this is not even the first of the summer. Back in July TZ Productions Electrical Designer and Engineer Rik Kubiak assaulted a demonstrator (video here) and has since been charged and removed from the Circus tour.
These have only been the instances caught on film and don’t represent the full spectrum of force used by Shriners, as well as, TZ Productions staff this summer. This latest assault is a perfect example of the lies and manipulation that the Shrine Circus is built upon. In recent weeks Larry Solheim has taken to the press to complain about how “aggressive” demonstrators are this year when there have been absolutely no allegations or charges of assault against demonstrators. CCAF Spokesperson Dylan Powell had this to say about the video, “The video represents what TZ Productions and the Shrine Circus is really all about. A demonstrator is merely filming animals to document their housing and behavior and Larry uses the threat of trespass and then immediate force in order to stop it. This is the truth they do not want you to see. Larry will say this circus is unlike other circuses, and that demonstrators are the aggressors, but this video exposes those lies.” If you would like to speak to the Coalition for Circus Animal Freedom about this incident please contact firstname.lastname@example.org