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Who We Are

Togther we are building a stronger and more compassionate commuity. 

JaxProtest is a volunteer organization based in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded on the belief that grassroots efforts can make a difference in eliminating animal abuse from circus practices.

Through education and peaceful protesting, we hope to enlighten the public about the cruelty and inhumane conditions that Ringling Brothers Circuses in particular subject their animals to on a daily basis. Ringling Brothers is all about profit margins and propaganda, not animal welfare as they would have you believe. JaxProtest is now expanding it's efforts and raising awareness about the cruelty of greyhound racing, pet store/puppy mills, and dog fighting in our community as well as conservation and enviromental issues. 

JaxProtest members came together to help those who have no voice. We welcome diversity and are made up of teachers, web designers, stay at home mothers, retired military, Army reservists, students and many others. Changing hearts and minds from within a community and being open to honest and civil dialogue to make a real lasting change within our community and yours. 

We have just started the campaign "Stop The Bear Hunt" which will be dedicated to spreading awareness about the cruel and unnecessary bear hunt that will occur Oct. 24-30 across the state of Florida.

You can go to our facebook page for updates facebook.com/stopbearhunt​ as well as our website stopflbearhunt.com​.

​Click here for a list of our upcoming events​.​

Our Impact in Jacksonville

How we have made Jacksonville a more compasssionate city. 

UNF Bans Circus Animals

UNF decides to ban all circuses that use animals off campus. The move came after we met with UNF officials and President John Delaney. We exposed them to the truth about the animal abuse in the circus. Besides meeting with officials we staged a successful, peaceful protest against the Piccadilly circus on campus. We talked to hundreds of circus goers about the cruel treatment of the animals in the circus and had a very positive response. UNF is just one of many colleges across the country that is waking up and banning animal acts of campus. 

Ringling Bros. Circus made the historic announcement  this year that they will be retiring all of their elephants by 2018. This is a trend that is happening world wide across many countries as more people are learning the truth behind the scenes. We know that one day circuses that use animals will be a thing of the past.

Would you like to volunteer at one of our protests?
​Click here to check out our event listing page on Facebook. 

Dog Abusers Beware

Invesitgating abused dogs on the first coast. 

We investigate dog abuse and know how to stop it. With the new anti-tethering law put in place here we want to make sure people know that it is illegal to tether a dog unsupervised. 

Here is an excerpt from the Jacksonville tethering law. 

"Animals may not be tethered to a stationary point. Animals may be tethered only when the owner is outside and within visual range of the animals and only if certain specific restrictions are observed in terms of tether material, collar/harness material, shelter accessibility, distance from other tethered animals, and distance from property perimeters. Animals who are sick, injured, or less than 1 year old may not be tethered, and animals may not be tethered during extreme weather."

Want to be part of our dog abuse team? Contact us here and we will let you know how you can help.

Email us at stopabuse@jaxprotest.com

Guardian Angels For Wildlife

Saving injured or trapped wildlife. 

With more and more people moving to Jacksonville  the animal population is forced to retreat and move to new areas. We have been saving and taking injured wildlife to B.E.A.K.S for over 20 years. Learn how to save an injured animal, whether it be a turtle, bird, snake, or racoon. We will be adding that section to our website in the month of June. 

Have you found an injured bird?

Contact Hidden Hills Animal Hospital or B.E.A.K.S. 

Hidden Hills Animal Hospital

12134 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone: (904) 641-3384

12084 Houston Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Phone: (904) 251-2473


Have you found any other wildlife?

Contact Wildlife Rescue Coalition

Phone: (904) 779-5569
Email: wrcnf.center@att.net
6853 Seaboard Avenue 
Jacksonville, FL 32244
(hours vary - please call ahead)

About the Founder

Adam Sugalski has been fighting for environmental and animal rights for over two decades. As a teenager, he began a recycling program at his high school and also helped to found the Environmental Club. Upon graduating with a BA in Art and Photography from the University of North Florida in 1996, Adam completed his first pro-bono assignment: creating a logo for Earth First. In the years that followed Adam has assisted numerous local and national nonprofits dedicated to animal protection including Mercy For Animals, Vegan Outreach, and Animal Legal Defense Fund.

In 2011, Adam organized JaxProtest, a circus protest group in Jacksonville, Florida. Under his leadership and because of his community-building skills, the protest group grew from 18 protestors attending Ringling demonstrations to over 60 in just one year. In addition to staging successful protests, JaxProtest initiated talks with the president of the University of North Florida regarding circus cruelty after holding a successful protest against Piccadilly Circus on the UNF campus in July 2012. By civilly and strategically engaging with UNF officials in an on-going dialogue, UNF, in step with other universities across the country, ultimately decided to ban animal acts from campus. Outside of his work in animal protection, Adam is an award-winning graphic designer, an avid surfer, and a Muay Thai instructor. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his three rescue dogs and two adopted cats.

Current Projects:

Founding and current board member of Four Feet Forward​

Campaign Director for Stop The Bear Hunt 

Past Projects:

- Founder of CircusProtest

- Co-Founder and Creative Director of CompassionWorks International