Stop Circus Suffering

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Help us campaign for an end to the use of wild animals in traveling circuses across the US.

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Back federal legislation introduced by Congressman Jim Moran – the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA) HR4525 – and help secure an end to wild animal suffering in circuses across the US.

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Ask your member of congress to support TEAPA using one of our sample letters below or using our talking points (which are also helpful for meetings with and calls to your Congress member).

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Sample letter 1

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing as a constituent to ask for your support of federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses. Such legislation addresses an important issue that gravely concerns me about the welfare of wild animals forced to perform in traveling circuses.

Careful research and detailed undercover investigations have shown the welfare of animals is unacceptably compromised under the confinement and cruel training practices that are inherent in traveling circuses. Wild, stressed animals in close quarters with the public has proven to be a public safety hazard, with escaped animals both maiming and even killing members of the public, including children.

Every time we allow a majestic wild animal to be reduced to a cheap circus trick, we are not just turning a blind eye to cruelty, we are advancing the belief that it is acceptable to be inhumane and setting a poor example for our children. Simply put, animal acts in circuses are antiquated and belong in the past. Entertaining contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil prove that the show will go on without abused animals.

Over 27 countries around the world have adopted national legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, with hundreds of local bans in place worldwide – over 200 in the UK, and hundreds in Europe and South America, as well as Asia. The time is now to act! Please follow the will of your compassionate constituents and be a leader in Congress to work toward protections for circus animals.

Thank you for your public service and I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Sincerely,

 

Sample letter 2

Dear Member of Congress,

As your constituent and a citizen concerned with animal welfare, please focus your thoughtful attention to the issue of animals suffering in traveling circuses.  I would like to ask you to please support federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses.

As the internet and educational television programs expand our understanding of the natural world and the amazing creatures we share it with, Americans are increasingly becoming more sensitive to the complex needs of animals. With that education comes the growing understanding that these animals—elephants, tigers, lions, monkeys and others—are not getting their most basic welfare requirements met under the harsh constraints of life on the road in a traveling circus. The suffering of animals being forced to live in chains, in small cages and endure the boredom and sometimes brutal training inherent in the circus industry has been well documented as a systemic problem. History has proven that wild animals under duress sometimes escape and endanger the public.

Over 27 countries around the world, including Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Singapore, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia and others, have adopted national legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, along with hundreds of local bans in place worldwide – over 200 in the UK, and hundreds in Europe and South America, as well as Asia. I am therefore respectfully asking you to join with other members of Congress to begin the work of addressing this issue here in the United States.

I appreciate all of your hard work in the district and hope that I can count on you to address this and other pressing animal welfare issues in the future.

Sincerely,

 

Sample letter 3

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing as a constituent concerned about the welfare of wild animals forced to perform in traveling circuses in the US.  I would like to ask you to please support federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses.

Americans are becoming increasingly aware that circus animals suffer from severe confinement, unavoidable because of the constraints of a difficult life of constant travel on the road. Tigers, bears, elephants and other wild animals spend hours on end either chained, in small cages, or crowded into trailers and train cars.

A circus animal’s life of ongoing deprivation is punctuated by moments of physical violence. Investigations have documented a pattern of abusive training methods where pain, punishment and fear are employed to force these wild animals to do unnatural and silly tricks. The tools of the trade include bullhooks, whips, and electric prods which are used to hit, “hook,” and shock animals.

Over 27 countries around the world have adopted national legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, with hundreds of local bans in place worldwide – over 200 in the UK, and hundreds in Europe and South America, as well as Asia.  I am respectfully calling on you to take a stand, with your compassionate constituents, against this abuse and work toward protecting circus animals.

Sincerely,

 

Visit  www.federalcircusbill.org  to read the text of the bill and to view our congressional briefings.

Comments

  1. Eliane Biourd · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    set them free

    1. Tamara Duffy · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      Stop this..this is cruel..keeping these beautiful animals locked up!!!

    2. Stacy Muskopf · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      PLEASE SET THE ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES FREE
      More and more America is being made aware of these majestic animals state of abuse, unnatural living quarters and languishing despair these animals are experiencing.PLEASE Help THEM….Thank you and the animals thank you!♥

  2. Joanne L Deyoe · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    End circus animal abuse.

  3. Terri Miller · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    The Circus animals should not be hurt or torture for any reason. they want to be loved just like any animal. These people that do things like that should be put in jail for life

  4. Barbara Scott · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    It’s time to end the use of live animals in traveling circuses.

  5. susan coyle · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    The cruelty, deprevation, isolation, neglect, to these performing animals is standard operative procedure. Their daily life, besides the above, consists of hooks, whips, ropes and chains – just so YOU CAN HAVE A FEW LAUGHS UNDER THE BIG TOP. It simply has to STOP.

  6. Kris Rhood · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    As a performer myself I can say that a life spent onstage can be hard even under the best of circumstances-and these creatures don’t have the best of circumstances

  7. ADI Admin Post author· 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Hi Shani, thanks so much for supporting the campaign. Have you sent this message to your member of congress?

  8. ADI Admin Post author· 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Hi Kathie, thanks for supporting the campaign. Have you sent this message to your member of congress?

  9. Eric Wayne · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please help stop the torture of these magnificent animals.
    I have hands on experience working with elephants ,and the videos of the harsh training, the beating of babies when young to get them to submit are true. I travel extensively to 3rd world countries. I see how the rest of the world is putting their foot down and not allowing this to continue. I thought we were world l;eaters when it came to human AND animal rights. Whats happened to us. I am ashamed to be an American sometimes, this is one of those times.

  10. Melanie · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    SET THEM FREE!!!!! Don’t keep them caged and unhappy for you’re own selfish money needs find a new way to entertain. This is horrific. I would never go see caged animals like this
    LET THEM Go!

  11. Debra · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    This is cruel and needs to stop.. Let’s cage you up for years and see how much you enjoy this. Set them free where they belong in the wild. <3

  12. marigita · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Wild animals belong to the wild … or in a proper Sanctuary .

  13. shannon Erskin · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Email sent to my State Senators.

  14. liz hamilton · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    It is animal cruelty to keep these magnificent animals in cages or tied up.

  15. Linda Davis · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please show some compassion and free these animals.

  16. adrianna · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I dont think these animals should suffer
    No more please stop their suffering .they desvere to be in a wild life place to live out their days ..

  17. Maria Simone · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    This needs to stop. It breaks my and other citizens’ heart to know that any living being is kept in prison. We think that even the most hardened criminals deserve a second chance. And we should only reserve severe punishment like incarceration for men and women who commit serious crimes against life. Why torture innocent animals with a similar sentence? Please stop circuses from causing such anguish to nature’s innocents! And please set a standard where people develop their own performance skills for circuses thus fighting unemployment and encouraging the arts at the same time.

    1. ELI · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      That such torture and cruelty continues in America, with not only the permission, but the blind-eye-blessing of Congress is a disgusting fact!
      Why must we beg and plead, over decades, (and do so “politely”) for ANY small action on the part of our leaders, to put a stop to the blatant torture of animals in this country? What does that tell us?

      The FDA is no better. They’re a joke of a “regulatory” office. They have no real power and when’s the last time we heard of their shutting any abusive animal operation down, seizing the animals and doing something “useful”, as an agency? Mostly, they hand out “citations”, which are basically as worthless as the paper they’re written on. Other times they may fine someone/organization. They gather up the funds, but effectively, DO NOTHING. And where do those funds go, anyway?

      Bottom line is that our senators and congressmen/women, have no care about the welfare of animals. The only laws on the books, are a joke of inadequacy and do precious little in protecting animals from abuse; in labs, on factory farms, in the racing industry, breeding operations, shelters or even in your neighbors back yard.

      Perhaps a more relevant idea is to pound our leaders hard with letters and emails and dispense with the “polite” factor. Nothing about a circus animals life is polite, kind or caring. Why should we walk on eggs in demanding action on this issue?

      Just my 2 cents worth. It’s a serious and long neglected issue which deserves more than a polite letter…

  18. Polly Hershey · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Finally, This is what I have been praying for forever! I’ll be sending my letters! Thanks!

  19. cauvin · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I’ m french, I say “stop circus” for wild animals, I love see the animals in freedom in the nature.
    Excuse me if I write in bad english !!!

  20. Denise Del Gallo · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I have sent letters to all representatives for my area. I sincerely hope these wonderful animals will receive the protection they deserve.

  21. DARLENE · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILTY TO SEE TO IT THAT THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS ARE CARED FOR . PLEASE STOP THE ABUSE OF THEM.

  22. Zdenka Kubincanova · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Help to stop this please!

  23. Debra Dewey · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop the cruelty. They deserve their lives in freedom. Where they belong. Who are we the human race to destroy this world with our abuse.

  24. Antoanet sialet · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please end the suffering end the abuse to this poor animals

  25. hannah evans · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    This needs to stop animals do not deserve to be treated like this. Humans are the problem on this earth, just taking everything from it. If a human got treated like this there would be uproar so why is it fair to do this to any animal they have feelings to just like us. SAVE the wild not kill it.

  26. Dovie · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please stop the abuse of these magnificent animals! They do not belong in cages,circus’s,zoos or to be used for human entertainment. The animals need to be freed from neglect, abuse,and confinement.They need to be in their natural habitat where they can be free.

  27. Blake Willemsen · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Just e-mailed all 3 of our representatives!

  28. tracy · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop Circus Suffering NOW!

  29. Karen Ring · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop this! These animals were not put on this planet to be held captive in small pens and put on display and made to do tricks that if not performed correctly they get beat . This is UNGODLY and BARBARIC ALL IN THE NAME OF MONEY !!!!

  30. Jodie Roberts · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please stop exploiting these animals for profit. They need to be free from being caged and abused.

  31. Diane · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    There is no excuse for such abuse. These animals do not deserve such suffering and we must speak and act on their behalf!! End the traveling circuses of exotic animals.

  32. Shashika Dilhani · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Every animal can feel everything what human feel.if you are a animal how you feel is how human feel.

  33. Taylor · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    No animal deserves to be treated the way they are in circuses or treated badly in general, it literally makes me sick to my stomach. Please stop animal cruelty. How would you feel if you were on the other side?

  34. Kelly Spruit · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please make this cruel abuse to our beautiful animals STOP. It breaks my heart to see the ignorance…and we MUST put an end to it. PLEASE

  35. keya ghosh · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    It’s time to end the use of live animals in traveling circuses.free them as wild

  36. Maya · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop animal abuse – animals belong in the wild – not a circus.
    As humans we have the obligation to make sure all living creatures are protected and safe.
    Please help those who cannot speak for themselves!!!
    Thank you

  37. Seth Farber · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a
  38. Theodora Hummel · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Cruelty toward ALL animals should be stopped, and the law breakers punished severely in their pocket as well as jail time.

  39. Rebecca McElroy · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    The Circus is, by it’s very nature, cruel to animals. Worse than regular captivity in zoos, these animals have no room, no space, nothing remotely resembling a natural habitat. They are starved and abused, and often killed if they try to be…..animals.
    It’s stupid to continue this type of “entertainment.”

  40. Judy Wilson · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    There is no excuse for abusing any of God’s creatures under no circumstances what so ever. That is a total disconnection from the abuser’s own spirit. Someone coming from spirit could never lower themselves to that level.

    1. Lisa Tsering · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      I agree :-)

  41. Lisa Tsering · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I did contact my representative and posted about it on FB, thanks for the link. HOWEVER your site does not list the name of the bill — HR4525 — so I had to look it up separately.
    Please add the actual number of your bill to your materials.
    Thanks

    1. ADI Admin · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      Sorry about that Lisa and thank you for taking the time to look it up. We have added it to that page now. Thank you for letting us know!

  42. Alejandra Loa · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    MEXICO NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE!!!!! -NO CIRCUS WITH ANIMALS ACTS. STOP!!

  43. Lesia · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    We have to be the voice for these poor animals. How is it they are treated like this for our entertainment. Thus has to honestly have to stop. Leave them be. Our human race has become selfish. We all bleed red. Even our creatures do. Please stop circus. They are over rated and too expensive and hurt these poor creatures stuck in cages and traveled to death. They are to run free. Ket them!!!!! Let life be peaceful. Let them live in peace Lesia Bear.

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  45. Diane Pease · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please, please put an end to the suffering. No animal belongs in a cage. They were not put on this earth to be prisoners for the enjoyment of humans. They were here first and should be treated with respect not domination and exploitation.

  46. Margaret Morris · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 4525.
    Set the animals free… ASAP!

  47. sheryl walker · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    set these animals free what does it take do you get off on toture…..

  48. Julianna Goldsmith · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I contacted my Indiana representative, Todd Rokita. He replied and stated that although he is against cruelty to animals, he has yet to reach a decision on TEAPA.

    Is there any helpful information I can use to prepare something to say to him in person at one of his upcoming town hall meetings?

    Thank you for the help!

  49. Laura Kennell · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Support TEAPA!

  50. Cheri west · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please stop torturing animals by putting th in circuses, zoos and water park shows. This is I humane and should not be supported.

  51. Melissa Himsel · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please stop the suffering! This is horrible and the fact that everyone knows this is even worse! Do the right thing and set them free!

  52. Kathleen · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    PLEASE STOP this cruel entertainment. It’s disgusting.
    Think of it! Human pleasure for animal abuse.
    How does that make any sense?

  53. Kathryn Barrett DeLongchamp · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Call for a complete ban of exotic captive wildlife performing in circuses! This practice is not entertaining….it’s abusive, distressing, and barbaric! We are in the 21st century, not the Dark Ages. These animals were not put on earth to live their entire lives in cages, forced to perform ridiculous, meaningless tricks out of fear. Retire these magnificent creatures to the best possible sanctuaries that replicate life in the wild for these much maligned and exploited innocents! NOW.

  54. Michelle Gelhar · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    We’ve seen how the torture of these animals result also in human tragedy!!
    Please stop the insanity!

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