Don't support elephant abuse
  • Petitioned American University
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American University
Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations
Carlita Pitts
Associate Director
Maralee Csellar
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Raina Lenney
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Don't support elephant abuse

    1. Catherine Riedo
    2. Petition by

      Catherine Riedo

      Washington, DC

As a student at American University, I was horrified when I found out that American University’s alumni association is holding “an evening of fun at the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.”

Circuses like Ringling Bros. are cruel. Animals are subjected to inhumane training methods and harsh conditions.

An article from Mother Jones said it best: “Ringling elephants spend most of their long lives either in chains or on trains, under constant threat of the bullhook, or ankus—the menacing tool used to control elephants. They are lame from balancing their 8,000-pound frames on tiny tubs and from being confined in cramped spaces, sometimes for days at a time. They are afflicted with tuberculosis and herpes, potentially deadly diseases rare in the wild and linked to captivity.”

Ringling Bros even paid $270,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating back to 2007! CNN says it’s a “record penalty for alleged animal rights violations.” Why is a company with such a poor record teaming up with a school as wonderful as American University?

Animal exploitation is not entertainment. The best way to protect, appreciate, and respect elephants is not to force them to perform tricks.

American University prides itself on being a progressive institution and a leader in social justice and sustainable practices. Please ask American University to immediately and permanently cease all promotions for Ringling Bros. Circus.

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American University
Alumni Relations
Carlita Pitts, Alumni Relations
Maralee Csellar, Associate Director
Raina Lenney, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Don't support elephant abuse.

Please ask American University to immediately and permanently cease all promotions for Ringling Bros. Circus.

[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Raina Lenney responds:

      Raina Lenney

      The university and the AU Alumni Association appreciate feedback from alumni. For the circus event, we are hosting an evening focused on gathering with friends and fellow alumni. The event is neither an endorsement of nor comment on Ringl...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


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