NEWARK - The circus is in town in Newark, and so are animal rights activists protesting Ringling Brothers' treatment of their exotic performers.

A group from FAUN, or "Friends of Animals United New Jersey," marched outside the Prudential Center to stand up for the animals.

"They do not care for them properly," says Cheryl Semcer. "They abuse them with bull hooks, they are beaten in the face before every single performance. The public deserves to know this."

Protesters say the circus company has historically abused its animals, and claim over 30 elephants have died under Ringling Brothers' care since 1932.

In a statement on its website, Ringling Brothers insists it provides the highest standard of care for its animals.