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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 1 other

Take animals out of circuses, and let humans do the entertaining

In 2009, Bolivia set a shining example to the world in banning the use of animals in circuses. 

The past month has seen the ban being decisively enforced, and Animal Defenders International has been able to rescue an incredible 24 lions from circuses across Bolivia, and make plans to bring them to a new home in a sanctuary in the U.S. to live out their lives in freedom.

Following what the ADI team calls ‘Operation Lion Ark’, in which all 24 lions will be airlifted to their new home, the group will carry out its pledge to continue supporting the lions’ care for the duration of their lives.

But in the U.S., animals still languish in traveling circuses.

An ADI investigation of the U.S. circus industry has exposed confinement, deprivation, lax safety standards and cases of severe violence to animals.

The findings of the investigation included sickening violence inflicted on two female elephants, Krissy and Queenie (Boo), who were electric shocked during training sessions and when being moved to the ring to perform. Krissy was beaten, dragged to the ground and kicked in the face.  

Given the circumstances of constant travel, limited facilities and pressure to make animals do things that they are unwilling to do, suffering and sometimes abuse is inevitable in U.S. traveling circuses. 

No one is saying end circuses. Rather, let’s take animals out of circuses and let humans do the entertaining.

For more information on 'Operation Lion Ark', visit http://www.SaveTheLionsAppeal.com

For more information on ADI's campaign to Stop Circus Suffering, visit http://www.adiusa.org

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
We, the undersigned, would like to congratulate the Bolivian government on implementing Law 4040 banning the use of animals in traveling circuses. Thanks to this, Animal Defenders International have been able to rescue 24 lions from circuses across Bolivia, and make plans to bring them to a new home in a sanctuary in the U.S., to live out their lives in freedom.

We would therefore urge the U.S. Congress to support measures to protect animals used in traveling circuses in the U.S.

An ADI investigation of the U.S. circus industry has exposed confinement, deprivation, lax safety standards and cases of severe violence to animals.

The findings of the investigation included sickening violence inflicted on two female elephants, Krissy and Queenie (Boo), who were electric shocked during training sessions and when being moved to the ring to perform. Krissy was beaten, dragged to the ground and kicked in the face.

Given the circumstances of constant travel, limited facilities and pressure to make animals do things that they are unwilling to do, suffering and sometimes abuse is inevitable in U.S. traveling circuses. The scientific evidence is clear; if an animal has no control over its environment and cannot exercise its body and mind this can result in repetitive, abnormal behaviors, indicating that the animal’s welfare has been compromised and it is suffering.

No one is saying end circuses. Rather, let’s take animals out of circuses and let humans do the entertaining.