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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Bernadette Juarez

Send Betty to Sanctuary Now!

Fifty year old elephant Betty has lived a lifetime of suffering. Captured from her home in Thailand at the age of just three years old, she was sold into the George Carden International Circus in 1986 where she has been forced to perform cruel circus tricks and to give rides ever since. The Carden family continues to force Betty to perform despite the fact that she is chronically lame. She does not bend her left front ankle, which is evident when she walks or give rides. Betty also continually drags her trunk along the ground as she walks. It appears that she is using her trunk as a crutch to remain balanced or to hold her upright. Her impairment could pose a serious public health hazard should her lameness result in a fall while she was performing or giving rides. In performance after performance, CompassionWorks International has found Betty exhibiting these clear signs of suffering, yet the Carden family and the USDA do nothing to help her. Presently the Carden family has rented Betty out to Garden Bros Circus, where she is provoked to give rides and do tricks by Larry Carden. Garden Bros performs up to three times per day, which means that Betty is giving up to three hours of rides and three performances per day. Afterward, she is loaded on a truck and driven hundreds of miles only to do it all again. Another Carden family elephant named Jenny lived a similar life of performance and tricks despite having health issues, and the USDA did nothing to help her. Jenny died. Isn’t it time the USDA DID THEIR JOB and took action for animals used and abused in traveling circuses? Please join CWI in calling on the USDA to do their job: confiscate Betty and transfer her to a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries-certified sanctuary where she can live out the remainder of her days without the stress and pain of circus performance.

CompassionWorks International
248,445 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Eugene Cassidy (President and CEO)

End the Use of Wild Animal Acts at The Big E!

The Big E, a 17-day event held in West Springfield, MA, is the largest fair in the northeast and the 6th largest fair in the nation. It began as a simple agricultural fair back in 1917 and is now regarded by organizers as a "New England extravaganza". Yet the current incarnation of the fair has exploded far beyond agriculture and New England heritage.   In fact, The Big E uses wild animals acts for entertainment and such exhibits are not just inhumane, but some are even dangerous to humans. Elephants, camels, zebras, kangaroos, and lemurs are featured in the R.W. Commerford & Sons Petting Zoo. This constantly traveling zoo contains a wide diversity of wild animals in very unnatural, cramped, and often unhealthy, conditions. Elephants, under the threat of punishment and prodded with a sharp metal instrument called a bullhook, are forced to stand around for hours for photos with Big E visitors. The Big E contracts R.W. Commerford & Sons despite the fact that Commerford has been involved in three dangerous incidents involving the elephant Minnie, who has attacked and critically injured her handlers, including while children were riding on her. This same company has been cited by the USDA more than 50 times for violations of the minimal animal care standards required by the Animal Welfare Act. In addition to the petting zoo, The Big E will feature a bear trailer, which contains four full-grown bears shut in cages. In the wild, bears usually roam 20-50 miles each day, yet when confined at The Big E, these animals have but feet to roam back and forth. This is inhumane and far from educational. Camels will also be exploited in Camel Kingdom, which is run by the notorious ex-Ringling animal handler Ryan Henning. While Henning claims this is an "educational" exhibit, the camels are forced to perform and give rides under threat of a whip. There is nothing "normal" or "natural" about this experience. Please join us in letting The Big E know that wild animals have no place at an agricultural fair focused on the beauty and diversity of New England and that wild animals belong in the wild, not forced to perform or trapped in cages by those whose sole purpose is to profit off of them.

CompassionWorks International
149,091 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

U​.​S. Congress - Ban trophy hunting imports and end elephant slaughter.

U.S. Congress - Ban trophy hunting imports and end elephant slaughter.  Support the CECIL and Protect Acts The Botswana government announced it will restart elephant hunts this year.  A quota has been issued of 272 killings starting in April and will go through September during their dry season when the bush is thinner and elephants are easier to locate.   Foreign hunters will be allowed to kill 202 of the elephants and 70 will be reserved for local people.  Most of the hunters that go to southern Africa are from the U.S. The average cost for a foreign trophy hunter the right to shoot an elephant is anywhere between $21,000-$60,000 or more.   Now is the time to pressure the U.S. government to take action to prevent the pending elephant slaughter.  Sign this petition asking our members of Congress to support two bills that are moving against trophy hunting elephants from Botswana and ask for lawmakers to defund trophy hunting import permits sold here in America: CECIL Act H.R. 2245; Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies This will restrict the import and export of trophies of any species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Protect Act, H.R. 4804; Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature TrophiesProhibit trophy hunting of ESA species in the US and import of any trophy of a species listed under the ESA. Lastly there is an Appropriations Bill For Fiscal Year 2021 The appropriation bill is a spending bill that authorizes the expenditure of government funds.  We would like to see language for the Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2021 to defund U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s trophy import permits of elephants from Botswana. To help make a bigger impact, you can call your House of Representative asking him/her to support the Cecil and Protect Acts as well as the Appropriations Bills for Fiscal Year 2021.   To find your House of Representative, go to How did we get here? One hundred years ago, the global elephant population was approximately 3-5 million.  After decades of poaching and hunting, the current elephant population is estimated at 415,000.  Elephants are critically endangered and protections for them in certain regions, like Botswana, has recently diminished.   In 2014, the government of Botswana put a trophy hunting ban in place.  Due to this ban, elephants from bordering countries such as Namibia and Angola came to Botswana seeking refuge.  Today, one third of the African elephant population reside in Botswana.   In 2019, the government made another decision to lift the hunting ban on elephants.  Last year, there were 358 elephant hunting permits allotted and a further 386 elephants were poached.  Such a large- scale loss of bull elephants in what was once their greatest refuge is unsustainable.  Elephant hunting only hurts us in the big scheme of life.  In fact, since the elephant is a keystone species that actually supports ecosystems, their sheer existence helps to maintain biodiversity that supports the health of our planet.   We actually benefit from the elephants’ presence without even realizing it. Elephants contribute more to the ecosystem per capita than we do.  Elephants are known as the Gardeners of the Forest.  Elephants spread the seeds from the plants they have eaten which helps to disperse the plant life to other areas.  This new plant life gives off oxygen for us to breathe. Elephants dig water holes in dry river beds that other animals use as a water source as well as creating trails that serve as fire breakers. To take this one step further on how detrimental commercial elephant hunting and poaching is, we are currently in the world’s sixth mass extinction.  The first 5 mass extinctions were all-natural phenomena. This current extinction is almost exclusively due to humans. Dozens of species are going extinct every day and it is predicted by 2050, 30-50% of all species will be extinct.  Losing species at this rate will break down ecosystems that we rely on for the health of the planet.  This is another reason why it is critical we help conserve and protect the elephants and all wildlife.   Elephants also help the local economies through eco-tourism.  According to an article by All Africa research indicates eco-tourism is a $2 billion-dollar industry and reintroducing hunting contributes to only 1.9% of tourism.    Stand with us to pressure the U.S. government to take action. Sign and share this petition to help end trophy hunting and protect elephants and other incredible wildlife. With heartfelt gratitude, Nicole @WildForChange Photo by James Hammond on Unsplash  

Nicole Rojas
88,164 supporters