Ban All Events at George Mason University Involving the Use of Animals as Entertainment

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George Mason University continues to allow various events on campus involving the use of animals as entertainment. Animals used for entertainment are often put in stressful, uncomfortable, and/or scary environments such as animals used in circuses, bull riding, and traveling petting zoos often used for "de-stress" events for college students. These animals should be recognized as sentient individuals with a desire to live a life free from captivity- just like us- but by allowing these events to happen on campus, we are condemning them to another day of stress and misery. It might be easy to forget the well-being of these animals while they are performing in circuses or rodeo-type activities and petting zoo events, but for most of these animals, they are stressed out, scared, and uncomfortable.

Animals in circuses are often treated poorly behind the scenes to ensure that they perform at top quality, the transportation of these animals from state to state is often stressful for the animals, and animals used for bull riding or other rodeo type activities are generally gentle, docile animals but are made out to be fierce and aggressive by aggravating them with flank straps and electric shock pods. Therefore, we are calling for the President of George Mason University to ban all events on campus involving the use of animals for entertainment purposes. These events are completely unnecessary and the best way to ensure that no animals are at risk of exploitation is to ultimately not allow these events on campus in the first place. Examples of these events involve but are not limited to:

  • Circuses with animals
  • Rodeo and rodeo type activities (bull riding, bull fighting, wrestling, calf roping, and steer tailing)
  • Petting zoos


We are also demanding the Professional Bull Riding event happening in EagleBank Arena at George Mason University on September 21 and 22 to be cancelled.  Please help cancel these events at George Mason University and let GMU know that this type of animal cruelty will not be tolerated on our campus and that we demand action now. In the event this does not get cancelled, we will be protesting the day of the event at EagleBank Arena and will continue to educate students and locals of the animal cruelty involved with bull riding.

In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to help cancel this event:

  • Boycott bull riding and any other rodeo type activities that involve the exploitation of animals!
  • Sign and share this petition- the more signatures we get, the more likely legislators will take this seriously and listen to our message
  • Please call the radio station 94.7 to express your disapproval of them advertising Professional Bull Riding on their station. Sales director phone: 202-545-7864; Email:
  • Email President Anne Holton of George Mason University, asking her to cancel the PBR event;
  • Protest PBR the day of the event at EagleBank Arena. Details here: and