This petition is important because the company that the Oakland County 4H fair hired to do circus shows uses African elephants, white lions and other animals in their performances. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the USDA have found many problems with Circus Pages (the company the Oakland County 4H Fair hired to do circus shows) and their treatment of their animals.
On PETA's website, they have posted this: "Circus Pages has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Circus Pages for failure to have records of veterinary care, provide animals with sufficient space, and provide animals with appropriate food. Circus Pages travels with several animals, including two African elephants named Bombi and Daisy. Both elephants were captured in the wild in 1974. Contact PETA for documentation."
It is wrong to keep these highly intelligent animals trapped in a circus. I went to a fair and saw these two beautiful elephants trapped in a little cage. When they weren't in their cage or doing a show, they were giving elephant rides to people. It was disturbing to me that this company took two endangered elephants out of the wild so they could be tortured like this. Peta has found 18 complaints against them from the USDA, High Point Enterprise, Lawrence World Journal and White Tops (a circus industry trade magazine). Some of the complaints and citations include: not providing proper veterinary care multiple times, not having proper fencing, not having proper records of its animals, and not providing adequate space for their animals.
To see all the complaints and citations click this link: