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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

Kellie Heckman
88,953 supporters
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Petition to Dr. Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator USDA APHIS (Deputy Administrator), Tom Vilsack, Kevin Shea, Administrator USDA APHIS


  "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.

Joanna Blue
10,011 supporters