Petition to The Fraser Lions Club, Lions Club International
Stop Bringing Animal Circuses to Fraser!!!
These circus animals endure the worst life an animal can live! From constant traveling year round, day after day, in confined spaces, hour after hour, no air ventilation/windows in trailers, sleeping and living in their feces, inhumane and abusive training, the list goes on. See for yourself...... Kelly Miller Circus has received numerous citations for animal neglect and abuse. http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/pdf/Kelly-Miller-pdf.pdf As a resident of Fraser, I am concerned about both public safety and the humane treatment of animals. Please sign my petition again asking the Fraser Lions Club to stop inviting cruel circuses to Fraser and support an “Animal Free Circus” instead. I want to collect as many signatures as possible on this petition to make sure we are heard! Did you know??? *Tigers naturally fear fire, but they are still forced to jump through hoops in some circuses and have been burned while doing so. *Trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools of the trade to force animals to perform. *In more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, run amok through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers. *11 months a year they travel over long distances in box cars with no climate control; sleeping, eating, and defecating in the same cage. *Virtually 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages. *During the off-season, animals used in circuses may be housed in small traveling crates. Such confinement has harmful psychological effects on them. These effects are often indicated by unnatural behavior such as repeated swaying, and pacing. Fraser is a wonderful community that values family and responsibility. I do not believe that perpetuating the inhumane treatment of animals is in line with what Fraser stands for.
Petition to Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, Claudia Lewy Sánchez Aldana, Dagmar Olivia Gerdes Barkow, Julieta Méndez Ruíz, Tanya Müller Garcia
Immediate Action To Be Taken On Behalf Of Ely An Abused And Neglected Elephant
A total of 3 elephants have died at The San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Maggie, an Asian elephant being the latest. Maggie was euthanized after suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis. Ely could be next on the list of dead elephants at San Juan de Aragon Zoo if nothing is done to help her. It is important to note that every animal at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo is insured and upon the animal's death the zoo receives compensation. We are calling for the immediate and prompt surrender of Ely, a female African elephant that is being held at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Ely is a former circus elephant who was bought by the Aragon Zoo. The Zoo proclaims they're treating Ely better than the circus, yet upon her arrival in 2012, her health and well-being has continually deteriorated. Her enclosure is made of concrete floors causing joint pain and pales in comparison to the vast lands she would roam in the wild. Elephants in the wild travel 15 - 30 miles a day, and for Ely to achieve this she would have to walk the back and forth in her enclosure over 300 and times a day. Due to confinement and the unnatural environment, Ely is forced to live in; she exhibits stereotyping a neurological condition conducive to animals held in captivity. Ely suffers from a broad spectrum of health issues, among those issues is a skin condition known as ulcerative dermatitis. The lack of shade in Ely's enclosure has caused her to become severely sunburnt on top of her already damaged skin. The lack of care and treatment to these injuries has resulted in an infection that is most visible on her back. We demand swift action be taken in regards to the treatment of Ely. We urge San Juan de Aragon Zoo to release Ely to a sanctuary that can provide her with the love and care; she so desperately needs and deserves.
Petition to Feld Entertainment
Ringling Brothers – Do the Right Thing and Retire Your Animals to TRUE Sanctuaries
Like many, when I heard about the end of the Ringling Brothers touring circus, my first reaction was exhilaration. But as executive director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), my mind quickly turned to the question “Where are all the animals going?” Right now, thousands of animals are being trained to entertain for profit, bred to provide cub petting opportunities, and forced to "live" in shameful conditions. That’s why I’m worried that Ringling’s tigers, camels, and other newly retired performing animals will soon end up in disreputable roadside zoos, private homes, pseudo-sanctuaries and even more circuses. None of these can rightfully be called a true “sanctuary.” These animals will continue to be treated as property and used for exhibition and entertainment. Please sign our petition to call on Ringling to do the right thing and retire its performing animals to accredited sanctuaries. Juliette Feld of Ringling states “our commitment to all of our animals is for our lifetime," and that it needs to find “suitable homes …” I agree. This is an opportunity for the lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos, llamas and other animals to live out the remainder of their lives in true sanctuaries offering the highest quality of care in settings that best support their natural needs and behaviors. Ringling’s animals deserve a REAL retirement - not more abuse in circuses and roadside zoos. GFAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2007 to fulfill a need to differentiate and support animal sanctuaries that not only provide high-quality care for the animals but also engage in sustainable financial and governance practices. We fulfill this need as the only recognized international sanctuary accreditation program. I am asking Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to prioritize retiring their animals at GFAS-accredited sanctuaries. All 132 of our accredited care facilities in the United States have undergone a rigorous assessment and meet our Standards of Excellence. These Standards include valuable animal-specific guidelines for the proper space, enclosure, diet and social needs; they also offer general information for promoting organizational health and sustainability such as proper governance; safety training and protocols; financial practices; and outreach. I hope that Ringling lives up to its responsibility to place its retired animals in “suitable homes” with the same resolve that kept them in business for 146 years. Prioritizing the placement of retired animals in certified sanctuaries offers a monumental opportunity to set a positive example for all the entertainment community with a decision to do what is right for the many that have served them over the years. I applaud Ringling for its landmark announcement. Now Ringling must take the responsible next step by placing these animals in accredited sanctuaries. So please join me by signing this petition to urge Feld Entertainment to retire animals in GFAS-certified sanctuaries. Ringling needs to do the right thing. These animals deserve it. This petition will be delivered to: FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Petition to Cirque du Liban, Minister of agriculture, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Justice
Dolphins belong in the wild, not in circuses!
BOYCOTT CIRQUE DU LIBANCirque Du Liban broken promises once again!"We believe the use of animals in circuses is no longer ethically acceptable and do not use any animals in our work." - Izak Abou-Sari, Founder and Director, Cirque Du Liban The reality is very different...Only a short time after making this statement, Cirque Du Liban moved away from having a circus based on performers to now using endangered animals as the main attraction.And NOW DOLPHINS? On the side of the HIGHWAY? We don’t even have a dolphinarium in Lebanon and many dolphin species are completely banned for commercial purposes as per CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species – which Lebanon is part of. The circus is a completely commercial enterprise! Read more about Dolphins/CITES here - https://cites.org/eng/news/ pr/2004/040305_dolphin.shtml We are against the use of all live animals in circuses, and these animals will certainly suffer. One of the most intelligent species reduced to nothing more than a money making prop, kept by the side of a highway in what will be a tiny pool! Related documentary for awareness - http://www.blackfishmovie com/ We urge the related competent authorities to stop the use of endangered species, in specific the Dolphin show presented by Cirque du Liban!
Petition to Dr. Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator USDA APHIS (Deputy Administrator), Tom Vilsack, Kevin Shea, Administrator USDA APHIS
STOP THE USDA "SCAR RULE" CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES - PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 - 28, 2015
"SORING" Tennessee Walking Horses is animal cruelty and a crime. These noble horses are the ONLY breed in the WORLD shown in heavy Stacked Shoes with Chains on their legs. Over 50% of the Horses inspected by the USDA Vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee were "SORE". “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse's front legs to exaggerate their animated step. The Horses are forced to perform the CRUEL and unnatural high stepping "Big Lick" gait". The rich and influential people HURTING these Horses have now used political influence to force the USDA into making a Rule Change. Under the 2014 "SCAR RULE", if a Horse had "SCARS" on both front legs, it was disqualified from showing. The 2015 "SCAR RULE" permits certain "SCARS" to be on the Horses front legs, and still allows them to show. In plain English, the 2015 "SCAR RULE" says "if you can push on the SCAR with your fingers and spread or flatten it out, then it isn't a SCAR." These "SCARS" result from "Training" the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse by putting harsh burning chemicals on their front legs, and then putting Chains on top of them. The flesh is injured, and "SCARS" develop. A salicylic acid mix is used to try and burn off the "SCARS". The new 2015 "SCAR RULE" change will HURT the Horses. Sound Horse organizations FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) and AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) protest and object to the new 2015 USDA "SCAR RULE" change. The 2015 "Big Lick" Show Season starts at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 26 - 28 in Jackson, Mississippi. Last week, UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) cut ties with the event, and refused to accept donations due to the controversy surrounding the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. Now is the time to let the USDA know that the American Public opposes the 2015 "SCAR RULE" change. Horses should NOT be HURT and "SCARRED" for the sake of rich people enjoying institutionalized animal abuse in the name of family entertainment. This cruelty to horses should definitely not be in the view of families and children There's not much time, so let's please all stand up for "The Horses". Please Sign this Petition, and an automatic email will deliver your message to: • Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture• Kevin Shea, Administrator -USDA APHIS• Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator - USDA APHIS "The Horses" are depending on US to protect them.
Petition to Sonny Perdue
USDA, NO 2018 AUTOMATIC RENEWAL FOR LIEBEL FAMILY CIRCUS TO EXPLOIT NOSEY THE ELEPHANT
Nosey, aka Tiny, the elephant has suffered for over 30 years at the hands of circus owner (Tomi) Hugo Liebel, of Davenport, Florida. The USDA has received numerous requests to stop the automatic renewal of the license (58-C-0288) that Hugo Liebel holds on Nosey and to do a careful review of the requests and complaints pertaining to Nosey's continued abuse and incarceration. For years, the USDA has chosen to ignore all the documented evidence of the abuse Nosey suffers regularly and, instead, grants license after license, year after year. It is the duty of the USDA to protect animals, and the Animal Welfare Act allows for that protection. It is time for the USDA to enforce the Animal Welfare Act and review the many years of violations and citations against the Liebel Family Circus, aka Great American Family Circus, and not grant a license for 2018. It is time for Nosey to be confiscated and sent to true sanctuary in Tennessee, Georgia or California.
Petition to Steven Shechtman, Santa's Enchanted Forest
Urge Santa's Enchanted Forest to drop animal shows!
UPDATED 1/4/2017Please sign to urge Santa’s Enchanted Forest to END cruel live animal acts at their annual events! Santa's Enchanted Forest is a popular Miami holiday attraction featuring light displays, carnival type rides and food. Unfortunately they also host pony rides, a sea lion show, pig racing and a petting zoo. Though we don’t believe any animal belongs in this loud, chaotic carnival atmosphere, we are especially concerned for the sea lions and ponies on display at Santa’s. This petition has been updated as we now have the names of the animal exhibitors and disturbing new info. The performing sea lions are owned by Marco Peters of Squalus, Inc., a former circus trainer. He used to exhibit sharks and had no prior experience with sea lions before starting his current business. They have a disturbing history of Animal Welfare Act violations (including sea lions escaping the stage area, caretakers covered in bite wounds from the animals, and keeping the sea lions in municipal water instead of saltwater, causing painful eye problems). The USDA has been inspecting them once a month for the past year, which shows you how concerned they are. One of the inspection reports noted that "the current caretakers have not been adequately trained and supervised to maintain the professionally acceptable level of husbandry practices required by USDA." The ponies at Santa’s are owned by Show-Me Safari and are chained to a “hot-walker” which forces them to walk in circles for hours on end. We have documented the ponies chained to this device, forced to walk in circles, for 6-7 hours straight, with no access to food or water, MULTIPLE times. We notified Santa’s park director Buddy Cormican and the exhibitor herself, in person, and no action was taken to limit rides or give the ponies a rest. According to Santa’s own statements the ponies are only supposed to work two hours per night, which is not the case. In 2014 Show-Me Safari was issued a direct violation by the USDA for failing to provide care to a camel in their care that had multiple cuts that left it's left swollen and susceptible to infections. Santa’s claims to have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse but this is clearly not true. Please continue to comment on Santa’s Facebook, Yelp and TripAdvisor pages asking them to end this cruelty. You can also email them via the contact form on their website: http://www.santasenchantedforest.com/Contact.php Keep the Lights, Drop the Animal Shows!
Petition to FJ Productions
FJ Productions: Replace Tai the elephant with a CG elephant!
There is no place for animal cruelty in entertainment – and I’m asking for your help to try and stop it. Today we have the technology to replace live animals in film productions, so there is no excuse for using live elephants or other wild animals, who are cruelly trained to perform. Yet a film currently in production, Saving Flora, is using an elephant. To make matters worse, the company is using Tai – an elephant who was stolen from her family in the wild as a baby and trained to perform, including in circuses – to tell the story of an elephant who is escaping a circus! Sign this petition urging FJ Productions to replace Tai with a computer-generated elephant in the filming of Saving Flora! Have Trunk Will Travel, the California-based company that owns Tai, was caught on camera during a training session in which handlers forcefully struck and hooked elephants with a bullhook – a weapon resembling a fireplace poker that is designed to inflict pain and punishment. Tai’s owners have publicly defended using bullhooks on elephants. I am one of the people who signed an open letter to FJ Productions, joining the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), national animal protection organizations, elephant sanctuaries, and other entertainment industry professionals in condemning the use of Tai for this film. Sign this petition to join me in urging FJ Productions to reconsider the use of Tai and instead utilize a computer-generated elephant to tell their story. Thank you!