UPDATE: While this year, the county fair is not traveling with the circus, as of now, it is in fact racing pigs. Social, playful, and loyal, these highly sensitive animals enjoy communicating with each other, making nests, relaxing in the sun, and cooling off in the mud. Being carted to and fro and subjected to loud noises and boisterous crowds is an unfair and terrifying ordeal for these animals.
The Osceola County Fair is traveling with an animal circus as well as a petting zoo. Not only are both of these activities cruel and abusive to animals, but they are also dangerous to spectators. These activities are outdated, unnecessary and cruel and do not, in any way, shape or form promote fun at a fair.
Animals used in traveling shows and menageries are often subjected to severe abuse in order to force them to provide “entertainment”, especially at county and state fairs. Rigorous training methods involving electric shocks, beatings, and food deprivation are used to force animals to perform acts that are unnatural and meaningless to them. Some trainers starve animals or surgically remove their teeth and claws.
Traveling zoos and petting zoos are bad news for animals and humans. They subject animals to the stress of transport, alien environments, irregular feeding and watering, mishandling, and crowds of strangers. Countless people have been sickened—and some have died—after contracting diseases from animals in petting zoos. Animals used in traveling zoos suffer both behind the scenes and when they are on display. For example, The Zoo, a traveling animal exhibit, has been repeatedly cited by the USDA for inadequate animal care practices, including failure to provide proper diets, veterinary care, or environmental enrichment.
Please sign this petition and ask the Osceola county fair officials to make the compassionate choice and ban animal circuses and traveling zoos. Let’s keep the fair a safe and fun enviroment for everybody.