STOP the Shrine Circus in Columbia, SC!!!

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The purpose of this petition is to ask the Jamil Shrine Temple in Columbia, SC, to no longer host or otherwise support or provide a place for the circus to perform.  We live in a day and age where people recognize the animal abuse inherent in circuses, traveling animal shows and roadside zoos and are finding it distasteful, if not unconscionable, that these continue to exist.  Case in point:  A recent Gallup poll found that 69% of Americans are worried about circus animals.

And while all circuses are abusive and unsuitable places for animals, some stand out as more heinous than others.  The Royal Hanneford Circus, the circus contracted last year by the Jamil Shrine Temple, is one such entity, having been cited numerous times by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for such infractions as failing to meet minimum federal standards for the care of its animals (failing to provide veterinary care and minimum space requirements) and having had its elephant trainer videotaped viciously attacking terrified elephants with sharp metal bullhooks and electric prods.  There have also been incidents of rampaging elephants which pose a threat to spectators.

This animal cruelty is something with which the Shriner’s should NOT want to associate themselves.  It is my impression that the Shriner’s have striven to represent themselves as a compassionate organization that helps the community. Supporting animals cruelty seems in opposition to the Shriner's mission.