In 2015 a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania state senate to ban wild and exotic animal performances in circuses. This bill was recently reintroduced in 2017, but since then it has stalled. We need to get this bill back on the senate agenda! Right now in the U.S. only five states including Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, New York, and California have bans on the use of exotic animals in the circus.
Animals forced to perform in a circus are deprived of physical and social needs, confined in small spaces, spending excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate heartbreaking abnormal behaviors such as rocking, swaying, and pacing - indicating they are in distress and not coping with their abusive environment. Evidence from numerous animal-rights groups shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.
That is NOT OK! And we need to keep fighting for these animals and their freedom from the circus life! Please join me in signing this petition asking Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to stop circus cruelty!