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Petitioning Animal Circuses

Help end the exploitation and suffering of wild animals used in circuses

3 Reasons you should not attend animal circuses!

1. The care and treatment of animals in circuses is shameful
The tricks that animals are forced to perform, night after night, are frightening, unnatural, and even painful. Standard circus industry practice is to use bullhooks and other objects to poke, prod, strike, shock, and hit animals in order to "train" them — all for a few moments of human amusement. Animals in circuses spend about 11 months of the year traveling. For thousands of hours, over long distances, they may be chained while not performing, transported in vehicles that lack climate control, and forced to stand or lie in their own waste.
2. Animals in circuses pose threats to public health and safety.
The conflict between their instincts and the harsh realities of captivity — as well as training methods that utilize violence, fear, and intimidation — cause wild animals tremendous amounts of stress. Animals are driven mad and have killed people. Elephants in the circus may carry tuberculosis (TB), and can infect humans with the bacterial disease. Public records show that many circuses have a history of tuberculosis in their elephants, and that many have used TB-positive elephants in public performances.

3. Circuses do not conserve endangered species
Endangered animals born in circus "conservation" programs have never been released into the wild; most are slated to become "replacement" performers. Conservation is used as a cover: Captive breeding programs do nothing to address the real threats endangered animals face in the wild, such as poaching, trophy hunting, loss of habitat, and loss of prey, and the bred animals were never meant to be released into the wild.

All this information is provided by Born Free USA. To learn more about animal cruelty in circuses and how to take ACTION go to
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/a1a_circus.php

Letter to
Animal Circuses
Help end the exploitation and suffering of wild animals used in circuses