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Petitioning Joyce Cusack and 13 others

Make Cole Bros Circus go animal free and stop the animal abuse!

Lets joing together to make the cole bros circus an animal free circus! Please Sign!

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. Its time for them to become an animal free circus!

While many people associate the circus with "safe, wholesome, family fun" — an association promoted aggressively by the circus PR machine — the truth is much darker. Government inspection reports reveal ongoing mistreatment of animals in circuses, as well as failures to provide the basic minimal standards of care required by law. Animals used in circuses have been injured and killed, and have injured and killed humans.

Circuses that exploit animals make lofty claims about their "educational" value and their contributions to "conservation." But the real message that these circuses send to children is that it's acceptable to abuse animals for amusement and profit.

See video of Cole Bros beating elephants at: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/06/23/another-elephant-beating-caught-on-tape.aspx

Letter to
Joyce Cusack
Florida State Senate
Florida State House
and 11 others
Patricia Northey
APHIS
Frank Bruno
John W. Pugh
James Dinneen
Carl Persis
Joie Alexander
Joshua J. Wagner
Andy Kelly
Eastern APHIS
Florida Governor
I, the undersigned, hereby request that Cole Bros. Circus immediately retire its elephants and other animals to accredited sanctuaries. More progressive circuses like Cirque du Soleil dazzle their audiences solely with skilled human performers rather than miserable captive animals. Please stop the tragic exploitation of these magnificent animals.
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.
Using animals in circuses is an unnecessary and inhumane practice that's harmful to both the animals and the public. Unlike the human performers who choose to work in circuses, exotic animals are forced to take part in the show. They are involuntary actors in a degrading, unnatural spectacle.