Stop Circus Abuse. Ban Wild Animal Acts!
The truth is wild animals don't perform because they want to. They perform because they're afraid not to.
A recent undercover investigation by The HSUS in Oklahoma confirms that circuses have earned the reputation as the cruelest shows on earth due to the use of violent training methods, constant confinement and neglect of animals.
Growing public awareness about the miserable lives endured by wild animals used in circuses and other traveling shows means that wild animal-based circuses have been dwindling in popularity for decades. In response, some circuses are eliminating elephant and other wild animal acts, while others have simply closed down.
However, Shrine Circuses, Carson & Barnes Circus, Carden Circus, Kelly Miller Circus, UniverSoul Circus, and others continue to exploit animals for "entertainment" despite plenty of evidence that the animals suffer.
Please sign the petition below to let these remaining circuses know that the time has come to eliminate the use of wild animals in their shows.
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Subject: Please eliminate wild animal acts in your shows.
Growing public awareness about the miserable lives endured by wild animals used in circuses and other traveling shows means that wild animal-based circuses have been dwindling in popularity for decades, while contemporary circuses that dazzle crowds solely with skilled human performers have flourished.
In November of 2016, Forbes magazine reported that circus attendance in the U.S. has dropped an estimated 30 to 50 percent over the last 20 years.
Legislators are also responding to public concern. Two states and more than 125 localities have passed legislation addressing the abuse of wild animals in circuses and more are considering similar laws.
The time to end the use of wild animals in live entertainment acts is now.