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Animals kept in captivity for entertainment purposes is a form of animal cruelty, regardless of any specific allegations of mistreatment, but they continue to suffer under willingly blind eyes.

The Federal Welfare Act that was administered by the USDA should be protecting these animals from this kind of horrible captivity, but the standards are extremely minimal and hardly ever enforced. [1]

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) founder Chris DeRose led an investigation into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus to discover that the elephants were beaten across their heads and faces with baseball bats, pitchforks, and other objects. Bears had their noses broken and their paws burned to 'teach' them to walk on their hind legs. [2]

These animals are almost always taken away as babies from their homes in the wild [3], leaving them scared and separated from their families. They also have to endure torturous training for completely unnatural performing situations.

Tigers, like most animals, are naturally afraid of fire and yet are regularly forced to jump through flaming hoops, while the elephants are often restrained and beaten until they stop fighting back against their captors. [4]

Big cats are extremely susceptible to suffering from heatstroke due to their cramped living and traveling conditions, [5] and elephants have even been known to contract human spread diseases like tuberculosis.

Are you willing to speak up for the tortured animals who cannot speak for themselves? Because without our voices, their suffering will only continue.

Let's call on the USDA to recognize that circuses with animals are inherently cruel to the creatures involved. Keeping wild animals as entertainment for humans should be banned for good!

Animal-free circuses should become the norm, not the exception!

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To the Secretary of the USDA,

Over the decades, wild animals have been taken from their homes in order to provide entertainment to humans on a large scale.

In many cases, these animals are horribly mistreated, beaten, and abused when they are behaving as their nature tells them to behave.

When people take wild animals from their habitat, expect them to be receptive to torturous training, it should be no surprise when they act out violently.

Research and numerous investigations have shown that not only do the animals almost never react positively to their traveling captivity, but also that their environments are totally unacceptable for daily living.

We are calling on you to help keep these animals in their natural environments, away from captivity, and leave the entertaining to human beings.


Petition Signatures

Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Linda Johnson Please give them their freedom!
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Helen Age
Feb 18, 2018 karen mendenhall I agree 100 % I will not go to a circus because of the animal acts, animals are not here for our entainment we are here on this planet to take care of them
Feb 18, 2018 Kathleen Neely
Feb 17, 2018 Peter Herrmann
Feb 17, 2018 Kerstin Herrmann
Feb 17, 2018 David Young
Feb 16, 2018 Laura Iglesias
Feb 16, 2018 Davor Maznik
Feb 16, 2018 Tina Rago
Feb 15, 2018 Aldana Santto
Feb 15, 2018 Abigail Howard
Feb 15, 2018 Sheila Dillon
Feb 15, 2018 Denise Schlatter
Feb 14, 2018 Lisa Seidner
Feb 14, 2018 Gina Fendeu
Feb 14, 2018 Gill Swift Animals were not born to be performers. It’s a very cruel lifeand a very unnatural one, to hav3 to travel & be locked up & being beaten to perform 😡
Feb 14, 2018 Kathryn Mitchell
Feb 14, 2018 Vikki Carleo
Feb 13, 2018 Kari Lindewirth
Feb 13, 2018 mauricio carvajal
Feb 13, 2018 kim anderson
Feb 13, 2018 Jennifer Grant
Feb 13, 2018 Kristy Highley
Feb 13, 2018 Mary Cellini
Feb 13, 2018 benoit dominique
Feb 13, 2018 Payricia Bird It is inhumane to have wild animals or any animals in captivity for people's amusement. Do away with Circuses!
Feb 13, 2018 Anne Carlson
Feb 13, 2018 Cyndy Sandhoff
Feb 13, 2018 Cezar Santin
Feb 13, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Feb 13, 2018 Rosemary Hogan
Feb 13, 2018 Jean Kae
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Stephanie Shaw
Feb 13, 2018 Irena Tůmová
Feb 13, 2018 Noreen O'Connor
Feb 13, 2018 Cherie LeBlanc Abuse to any animal/ mammal in any way, shape or form is absolutely DISGUSTING and HEINOUS and it needs to be stopped.
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Teresa Campbell Even as a child I was uncomfortable with watching the performance of circus animals, and instinctively felt it was wrong, and a crime against nature. As an adult, I have come to see the use of animals for our purposes as unethical. Please stop this abuse!
Feb 13, 2018 Gaya Covington
Feb 13, 2018 Marcia Proctor
Feb 13, 2018 Julia Edinger
Feb 13, 2018 Tonya Mays
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Wild animals are only supposed to only be in the wild.
Feb 13, 2018 leslie bald
Feb 13, 2018 Cynthia Haynes

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