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Stop the cruel use of animals in your circus

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Anna Louise the elephant dances for the crowds at Kelly Miller Circus.

But her life behind the scenes is far less elegant. Circus animals are separated from their families at a young age, and trained rigorously to perform these tricks which are, in fact, physically uncomfortable and unnatural to elephants -- all in the name of entertainment.

Kelly Miller is one of the oldest circuses in the U.S., and it has an animal welfare rap sheet to match, with over 20 years’ worth of citations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to meet minimum federal standards for the care of their circus animals. In 2013, an observer reported seeing an elephant beaten so hard with a bullhook that she could be heard screaming. I am okay with good, wholesome entertainment, but not when it involves cruelty.

Please sign my petition asking Kelly Miller Circus to discontinue its use of animals in its shows.

Kelly Miller regularly uses elephants, tigers, zebras, and camels in its acts. These are some of the most majestic, intelligent animals on earth, yet their true nature is prodded out of them in the interest of obedience and repetition. Their “performances” teach audiences nothing about normal animal behavior. So we have to ask ourselves -- why, in this age of concern for animal welfare and wild animal protection, are we forcing these once-wild creatures to endure such misery?

The next time you’re at a circus, look for the whips, collars, and prods being used to keep these poor animals in line. You can’t help but be reminded that the animals are not performing these tricks of their own free will.

The country is finally waking up to this cruelty. On March 5, 2015, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it will phase out its use of elephants. This is a huge victory for the animals, and it’s time for other circuses to do them one better and end their use of all animals

Please join me in asking Kelly Miller Circus to stop its cruel use of animals in its shows.

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