Ban Wild Animals From the Circus

PETITION: Ban Wild Animals From the Circus

TARGET: U.S. Congress

Wild animals do not belong in the circus. They do not jump through fiery rings, stand on their heads, or ride bicycles. They do these tricks because they are abused and forced to perform. Many circus animals suffer from lacerations all over their body from ‘trainers’ using various torture tools such as whips, sticks, electric prods, and bullhooks.

The animals also spend most of their time in chains or cages. Cages barely big enough for one lion will have several big cats inside. They are forced to eat, drink, sleep, and defecate in these cramped cages for long travel hours. A study on traveling circuses even observed an elephant who was chained up 96% of it’s life.

The circus is no place for animals, not only due to animal safety but to the safety of spectators as well. Frustrated, these mentally and physically abused animals have been know to rebel against their trainer and terrorize the audience just to escape. These animals who try to escape are either beaten severely or gunned down and killed.

Respectfully,

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Nathalie Cordiero
  • 3 weeks ago
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  • 5 months ago
anne Leung
  • 5 months ago
Carmen Sara
  • 7 months ago
Diane Kehoe
  • 8 months ago
I remember being taken to a circus when I was about four years old. I already loved animals and was horrified to see elephants wearing chains on their legs and apes being dressed up in human clothes and made to ride on little motorcycles. I already knew about the lives that animals lived in the wild because one our closest family friends was on his way to becoming the Chief Warden in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. When we went to Banff to see him I loved to spend time with the wild deer that grazed in the grassy school-yard by the railway tracks in the summertime. I was an 'only child' and the deer became my playmates as I picked grass for them to eat and went on walks with them. I had to explain to the 'big people' we met that they shouldn't get too close to the bucks with their wonderful antlers because even though they were friendly with me, they could be dangerous around adults.
Kamil Bana
  • 8 months ago
Lynda Appell
  • 9 months ago
Animals are not performers. They are not here to entertain circus spectators. This is unfair, disrepectful to wild animals.
Sylvia Tyree
  • 10 months ago
Animal abuse of any kind should be against the law. Federal law!
Bob the builder
  • 11 months ago