Circus Animal Cruelty

Circus Animal Cruelty

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Luis Cruz started this petition to Shrine Circus and

There are circuses across the countries that incorporate wild animals into their acts and as a consequence these wild animals live out their entire lives deprived of freedom and instead forced to live in cages or chains only allowed to come out when they are called upon to perform degrading tricks for the audience. This petition is a call on cities that host circuses and the circuses themselves around the world that still mistreat animals to stop animals from being exploited. I ask for 5,000 signatures to help end circus animal cruelty.  

According to animal rights organization PETA, the worst circuses in terms of using animals for their shows and animal mistreatment include The Garden Bros. Circus, Universoul Circus, and Shrine circuses, to name a few. Wild animals should never be tamed/domesticated, hence the name “wild,” and should be left alone in their natural habitat/environment. It's a mystery as to where some circuses get their animals, but some have been found to either breed, animals such as the very famous Ringling Bros. Circus elephant breeding, while others hire abusive animal exhibitors. PETA has also found that the Shrine Circus has been hiring an abusive big cat exhibitor which was cited for animal-welfare violations.

 Most circuses are almost always traveling taking their show animals with them and confining them to small spaces not suitable for them. Animal behavior researcher Clubb Ros found that “Constrained housing conditions of circus animals are likely to induce pacing behavior in big cats and elephants”. From open range to tiny cage is clearly a problem and should not be ignored. 

Animal tricks may be enjoyable to the audience but little do they know these tricks can only be learned through intense training that a wild animal should not be going through. Onegreenplanet.org lists some cruel methods used in animal training which include whips, electric prods/tasers, and bullhooks. To clarify how cruel this is, a bullhook is a commonly used tool to train elephants in which a hook digs deep into their flesh causing extreme pain. Eurogroupforanimals.org released a statement with compiled credible sources in which they concluded that using fear, starvation, and isolation to train animals causes psychological torment. Videos have surfaced on the internet in which circus animals were shown to be clearly distressed, malnourished, or living in spaces inadequate for the size of the animal. Certain social animals have restricted interactions, which according to wildlife biologist Tara Stoinski, “prevents establishment of normal social dynamics and has significant consequences for behavior, welfare and reproduction”. In order to train infants, trainers find it necessary to regularly separate infants from their mothers which can have long term effects such as increased stress sensitivity, occurrence of abnormal behavior and increased aggression. 

Circuses don't need animals to be successful, for example the most famous circuses such as Cirque Du Soleil and Circus Vargas do not include animals for any of their acts. Including animals only causes an unnecessary danger to the public and anyone involved with the circus as some animals have been recorded retaliated by killing or badly injuring their trainers in front of a live audience. No one can blame these animals as all the lights, flashes, beatings/training, and confinement would cause them enough stress to attempt an escape. For wild animals in general, circuses fail to provide some of the most basic social, spatial and health requirements. The ability to execute many natural behaviors is severely reduced, while the animals are obliged to perform unnatural behaviors. As a direct consequence, their welfare, health and reproduction are significantly reduced. We can not stand idly by and no longer allowing circuses to abuse and mistreat wild animals is an issue we can not neglect I wish to put an end to circus animal cruelty by means of petition with support of thousand, signing this petition is one step towards real progress.

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