Please ban traveling animal circuses from your facility!
  • Petitioned Jim Morrell

This petition was delivered to:

Deschutes County Fair Board Member
Jim Morrell
Deschutes County Fair Board Member
Bev Clarno
Deschutes County Fair Board Member
David Bishop
Deschutes County Fair Board Member
Mike Schiel

Please ban traveling animal circuses from your facility!

    1. Petition by

      Boycott Circus Cruelty in Central Oregon

There was a time in human history when the enslavement and torture of others was a common, acceptable practice. For a price, it was possible to legally and legitimately steal an individual from their homeland…away from family, friends, autonomy, and hope. Yet today, while these practices still occur across the globe, they are maligned and illegal. Those that engage in these behaviors often end up behind bars. Yet, when it comes to the enslavement of other species, many still turn a blind eye.

Animals forced into circus life endure repeated and prolonged suffering. Sharp hooks, whips, tight collars, and electric prods are used to force the animals into doing unnatural postures like standing on their hind legs or performing synchronized movements. Elephants, who would ordinarily travel for tens of miles with their families each day, are chained and unable to walk but a few feet or even to interact with others. Big cats, resistant to move under duress, are dragged around by the heavy chains that bind them and whipped when they do not comply.

The animals that appear in the circuses like Ringling Bros. are prisoners in a world not of their choosing. They “perform” out of fear of retaliation, of further torture, out of necessity. They travel for thousands of miles in immense discomfort, enduring endless trauma in their confinement, and putting everyone who comes into contact with them at risk. These animals are mere commodities to the multimillion-dollar circus industry; their “caregivers” are their jailers.

Please join us in requesting that Deschutes County Fairgrounds ban cruel circuses like Ringling Bros. Circus from their facility. The families of Central Oregon expect and deserve entertainment that does not involve the abuse of wild animals.


Joel Christian Lancaster, Bend
Emma Clifford, Bend
Paula von Weller, Bend
Adam Sugalski and Carrie LeBlanc, Circus Protest

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Wendy Woo LAKE OSWEGO, OR
      • 4 months ago

      Many years ago my child and I witness the elephant, Rose Tu, be abused at the zoo in Portland. Her handler was later fired. Unfortunately, he was not fired after I made a complaint to the zoo and the authorities. He was fired after he hurt her more. I will never forget the day I shielded my child's eyes from what I saw but could not shield Rose Tu. These are precious animals that feel a lot. They are not appropriate for circus or zoo attractions. They need to roam and need peace. That's one elephant and several men in the photo on the petition, it actually only takes one man and a hook to hurt an elephant. Thanks.

    • Valerie Burgess FACTORYVILLE, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Please do not promote these horrors any longer. Tell the circus "No Thanks!" until they release the animals to sanctuary!

    • Cheryl Hughes OAK PARK, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      This cruelty must stop!! animals shouldnt have to suffer for humans entertainment!!

    • Tina Ricard ROCHESTER, NY
      • 7 months ago

      NO living animal should endure this suffering. Please FREE them ALL

    • sherry gertz VALLEY GLEN, CA
      • 8 months ago

      i dont want any animals hurt... I hate anyone who hurts animals...UGGGHHHHHHH!!!!


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