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Michigan State University has made the compassionate decision to ban circuses on campus this year after learning that elephants, tigers, and other animals are beaten and forced to perform under the big top.

Please sign this email petition to thank MSU for their decision and urge them to make it permanent one.


Learn more about the cruelty of the circus industry at:
http://www.circuses.com

And MSU's decision to ban the circus on their campus:
http://blog.peta.org/archives/2009/04/iggy_pop_urges.php

And please consider signing the "Pledge to Boycott the Circus":
http://animalrights.change.org/actions/view/boycott_the_circus

P.S. CC'd in this letter is the Lansing State Journal who we thank for covering this story, and of course, who we encourage to not take any advertising dollars from the circus industry.

Letter to
Chair, MSU Board of Directors Joel Ferguson
MSU University Relations
Lansing State Journal Editor In-Chief
I want to thank you so much for your decision to ban circuses on your campus. Circuses are cruel and unfortunately it is not something many people think about. But once individuals are exposed to the truth behind the circus industry, many choose to boycott and never attend another circus. Circuses are a relic of history that needs to remain in the past.

From the Circuses.com:

"For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as "positive reinforcement"-only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. Animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform because they're afraid not to.

Circuses easily get away with routine abuse because no government agency monitors training sessions. Trainers use bullhooks, whips, sticks, electric prods, and other tools that intentionally cause pain and injury in order to force animals to perform. Undercover footage of behind-the-scenes training shows elephants beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods, big cats dragged by heavy chains around their neck and hit with sticks, bears whacked and prodded with long poles, and chimpanzees kicked and hit with riding crops."

As Ghandi once said, "You can judge a country by the way it treats its animals." And you institution of higher learning has made an important step in making our country a more just, gentler, more peaceful nation.

Again, thank you very much.

P.S. CC'd in this letter the Lansing State Journal who we thank for covering this story, and of course, who we encourage to not take any advertising dollars from the circus industry.