Ban Exotic Animal Circuses at Salt Lake County Equestrian Park
In August 2016, I attended a circus at the Salt Lake County Fair called "The Great Bear Show." What I saw was simply heartbreaking.
Three bears, some of whom appeared quite young, were pacing endlessly in their cage.
They were only taken out of their cage after the handler tied an iron chain around their neck and yanked them out.
Then they were forced to perform confusing, unnatural tricks like sit in chairs or stand on a barrel.
After I did more research on this circus, I found out that the owner, Bob Steele, has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act in recent years. We can't allow someone who breaks humane laws to profit off the use of county-owned facilities like the Equestrian Park.
Bob isn't the only one, either. Every year, the cruel Jordan World Circus, which drags elephants from town to town in its circus, also stops in South Jordan and makes use of the county-owned equestrian park.
The County should only lease its space to those who will reflect the values of our community. Animal abuse is not a value that represents our wonderful county. It's time to ban wild animal circuses at the South Jordan Equestrian Park.
- Amy Meyer, UARC Director
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