Stop the circus from coming to the City of Milford.
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Cole Brother's Circus

Stop the circus from coming to the City of Milford.

    1. Petition by

      Lori Davis

      Milford, CT

Please take the time to sign this petition to stop the Cole Brothers Circus from coming to the city of Milford next year or ever again! Thank you very much.

 

We the undersigned are writing to inform you of the many US Dept. of Agriculture citations for animal abuse and neglect against the Cole Brothers Circus.    As of 2008, Cole Bros. Circus does not have its own USDA license and must lease its animal acts from other circuses, one being Carson and Barnes Circus which has also been cited many times for it's own animal abuse. The owner of Cole Brothers Circus plead guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act.

I feel that it is my responsibility to educate people to respect and care for all living things. Many cities and large corporations have stopped supporting circuses because of these abuses and the safety hazards to unsuspecting families that visit.

I urge you to be a voice for the animals of the circus, who cannot speak up for themselves. Please don't support the Cole Brothers Circus and let's try to stop them from coming back to the Westfield Mall or anywhere in our lovely city. Thank you for hearing us and opening your hearts.

"Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."

-Albert Einstein

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Newspaper article

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I spoke at the October 2012 BOA meeting and am told that the ordinance committee is considering putting an ordinance in place.....date unknown. Today an article was put in one of the local newspapers. I am disappointed because the wording of the article made it seem like all the points were just my "beliefs" and not fact. Nothing was mentioned about Cole Bros. not having a USDA license or about the TB, etc. It stated that I "believed" that elephants CAN get TB, didn't say that 4 elephants are in isolation in WI and one tested positve. I'm happy that the article was written but it didn't convey the facts the way I was hoping.
      Thanks again for all of your support. I presented the list of names on this petition to the Mayor last month. Please get all of your friends to sign....the more the better!

    2. Board of Aldermen meeting tonight!

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all~I am attending the City of Milford's Board of Aldermen meeting tonight. They allow each person 3 minutes to talk so hopefully in that short amount of time I can get my point across.
      Will write more tomorrow and let you know what happened tonight.

    3. Some State Reps are behind me

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I've been getting help from some state representatives and also aldermen. I was told by the Westfield mall management that as of now they do not have a contract with the Cole Bros. Circus for next year. Still we need to put an ordinance in place so that they will not be hired at any other time. The Shenandoah Apple Fest in VA had the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars which is animal-free and that's what I'd like to see happen in Milford, CT.
      Thanks again to all of you who are supporting this cause!

    4. Email from the Mayor of Milford CT

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I received an email today from the Mayor of Milford, CT saying that he spoke with the assistant manager of the Westfield Mall where the circus is held every year. He spoke with her about possibly using the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars (animal-free) and that she assured him she would address the issue.
      I hope and pray that something will really be done. The circus comes back here in May/June and what a victory it would be if no animals were allowed this year!
      Keep those signatures coming and thanks for the help!!

    5. Update on meeting with the Mayor

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Met with the Mayor of Milford CT yesterday and I thought it went very well. Thanks to everyone I was able to include my petition in the information I presented. It will be a lot more work to have a ban or ordinance put in place but he did say that he will call the Westfield Mall manager and discuss the possibility of using the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars (animal-free) instead of the regular circus.
      I'm not giving up!

    6. Thank you!

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I want to say thanks to all of you who have supported this important cause! We've reached our preliminary goal of 100 signatures! Now hopefully to get the attention of Cole Brother's I've increased the goal to 1000! Meeting with the mayor tomorrow, September 12 and will put an update on here as soon as I know any information.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. USDA importance~

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      When the USDA files formal charges against Cole Brothers it is extremely important because it means that even though the circus doesn't have an exhibitor's license, the USDA holds them responsible. This should lead to the end of circuses using animal acts under the licenses of other exhibitors as a way to shield themselves from responsibility for the care and treatment of those animals.

    9. Time is running out!

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I am meeting with the Mayor of Milford CT on September 12th and still need 49 supporters. Please help me to reach my goal of 100 signatures so that we can help the circus animals! Thank you so very much!

    10. Victory story!

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      You might recall that last fall, PETA convinced Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the country, to ban exotic-animal exhibits at all its properties. At one mall that Simon owns in Winchester, Virginia, Cole Bros. Circus makes an annual appearance during the city's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which means that Cole Bros. would have to skip this city altogether or use only human performers in its show—no animals whatsoever. Cole Bros. had created "a new-concept circus in 2012 entitled 'Circus of the Stars' that they feel will be just as dazzling and just as amazing as previous circuses."

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. Warning.....

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      The USDA cited Allen Brothers Circus, which was performing as Cole Bros. Circus, for failure to demonstrate adequate experience and knowledge of the proper handling of dangerous wild or exotic animals and failure to have dangerous animals under the direct control and supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced animal handler. The inspector wrote, "This puts the individual, public and the animals' safety at risk." The circus was also cited for failure to provide a travel itinerary as well as for failure to notify the USDA of a change in its business operations specifically that it was now exhibiting tigers. The USDA inspector noted that Allen Brothers Circus appeared to be circumventing the license revocation of another exhibitor.

    13. Know the Facts

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Cole Brothers Circus has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Cole Bros. Circus numerous times for failure to provide veterinary care, adequate shelter from the elements, and proper food and water, as well as failure to handle animals in a manner that prevents trauma and harm and ensures public safety.

    14. Reached 25 signatures
    15. More information

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Cole Bros. Circus, previously known as Clyde Beatty–Cole Bros. Circus, has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly cited Cole Bros. for failure to provide veterinary care to animals, including elephants who have shown extreme weight loss, as well as failure to provide adequate space to animals. The USDA filed formal charges of AWA violations against Cole Bros. because elephants showed signs of being abused with sharp metal bullhooks; a New Jersey humane society charged the circus with cruelty to animals for overloading and overworking an elephant; and two elephants—who were described as malnourished and neglected—died suddenly within a two-week period. In five separate incidents, elephants with Cole Bros. have become violent, killing two members of the public and injuring more than a dozen others.

    16. Cole Brother's is one of the worst offenders!

      Lori Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Each year the Cole Bros. Circus travels thousands of miles across the eastern U.S. with a menagerie of animals including elephants and tigers. The circus has a horrible history of animal abuse and neglect, and of violating federal laws intended to protect animals.

      Cole Bros. Circus charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act. In April 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Cole Bros. Circus and its president, John Pugh, had agreed to pay $15,000 to settle charges that it "willfully violated" the Animal Welfare Act. The charges cited multiple alleged violations:
      • failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals; specifically, one elephant was found to be severely underweight.
      • failure to handle an elephant during public exhibition in a way that assured the safety of the animal and the public.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kate Kenner JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      When you come to MA I will be there protesting Cole Brothers

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    • catherine morris HARRISON, AR
      • about 2 years ago

      stop the cruelty for amusement

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    • Beika Nieto KANSAS CITY, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      WHY DOES MAN FEEL THE SICK NEED TO NEGLECT, ABUSE, TORTURE AND MURDER ALL OF OUR EARTHS ANIMALS ? PLEASE STOP THIS NOW. PLEASE PUT HUMANITY BACK IN HUMAN, PLEASE HAVE A SOUL. THOSE WHO INFLICT AND ALLOW SUCH MISERY AND PAIN MUST ENJOY IT.

      You can either turn sorrowfully or carelessly away from an animal in distress or summon the courage to run forward and help.

      We can judge the heart of a person by their treatment of animals. (Ghandi)

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    • gunilla cross VALLENTUNA, SWEDEN
      • about 2 years ago

      Because of the abused chained elephants. Horrible

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    • Sherry Bender NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I stand against the abuse that a circus with wild animals necessitates.

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