Stop Circus Suffering

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Talking points, sample letters and how to contact your representatives

March 28, 2017, Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) reintroduced H.R. 1759, The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA), to amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and traveling performances.

Contact your Senators and Representatives today in support of TEAPSPA. Phone calls are especially effective, so please follow up your email with a call. When visiting their offices, the first and last thing legislators say is whether or not they’ve heard from their constituents. Constituent voices are very powerful and can open doors to the most surprising places. Our staff can help arrange meetings; contact us at 323-935-2234 or usa@ad-international.org.

Support TEAPSPA to secure an end to wild animal suffering in circuses across the US.

Contact Your Senators and Representative Today!

Ask your Senators and Representative to support federal legislation to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. Feel free to personalize our sample letters below or use 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 30 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 30 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 30 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. Patricia Akers · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I have protested many times before Ringling Brothers shows and actually did get a few people to turn around and leave and not going in after we showed them so many undercover pictures showing the truth. I believe circuses and side shows of any kind should be banned worldwide if we could but at least let’s get the United States to follow suit of the smarter countries who have already banned circuses. Seems like the U.S. is always last for Animal Compassion.

    1. Bobby Deaver · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

      Please stop this Cruelty to these Poor Animals. It is sickening how they Exploit these Exotic Animals. Thank you-!!!

  2. Debbie Sides · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop the capturing of beautiful animals. Stop the abuse and forcing them to perform in circuses, TV, movies or any form of entertainment. The were not put on this earth to perform stupid tricks or to be caged.

  3. Trella Laughlin · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    ALL ANIMALS ARE PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT AND IN MINE.

    STOP ANIMALS’ ABUSE !

  4. Trella Laughlin · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE !

  5. jac · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    no ownership of exotic animals should be allowed We are fueling kidnapping,trauma,suffering and death of wildlife by purchasing these animals NO ANIMALS should be allowed in circus,road displays or backyard zoos The USA is NOT a leader in animal welfare We are CRUEL ! It’s an embarrassment to the world Congress has no compassion for animals .Instead the violence against animals continues and it spills into our society

  6. ms · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    SHAME on US CONGRESS for turning their backs on wildlife both domestic & exotic .ALL ownership of wildlife ,except for rehab should be prohibited ALL trophy hunting in and outside of USA should be banned NO animal should be subject to zoo life,chains,performing for humans,fairs ,rodeos,breeding mills,racing(horse,dog) or fighting(dogfighting,cockfighting) theUSA is ASS BACKWARDS. we are NOT INTELLIGENT or CIVILIZED

  7. MM · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    When will animal welfare and protections finally trump exploitation and profit? Supporting TEAPSPA is a solid foundation. Be intentional about purposeful legislation ending suffering.

  8. connie stevenson · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    this is a request for help for the circus animals all of them,Elephants,Lions ,horses dogs,monkeys etc these animals do not deserve this life please contact A D I /TEAPSPA please support this effort.please ! thank you .Connie Stevenson.Branson mo.

  9. Chris Glisson · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    This inhumanity must stop NOW !
    Now, NOT later !

  10. Rainee Stevens · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    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 30 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 http://www.federalcircusbill.org to read the text of the bill and to view our congressional briefings.

  11. Debbie Sides · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I wrote a letter to my Senator and they are passing it on to Congress. I hope this suffering will end for these beautiful creatures.

  12. kelly byrnes · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    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 30 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,

  13. Rebecca · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    This isn’t entertainment it is animal abuse!

  14. Miriam A. Pires · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    COWARDS ABUSERS !!!

  15. Donna Brown · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop the cruelty of these circus animals! It is not Humane! It is Cruel,Torture,Painful,Stessful!These are wild animals & do not belong to humans! Stop circuses from using exotic & wild animals in their shows. They are not performers! They are God’s creatures,enforce the law stop this abuse now!

  16. Rosemary Shaw · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    please ban all animals from being cruely used and abused in Circus,s ,they are humiliated and beaten just to make money.

  17. Claire Prevost · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    ANIMALS are BORN to be WILD and FREE…they are NOT our SLAVES!!! TORTURE and CRUELTY are NOT ENTERTAINMENT!!! STOP ABUSING and EXPLOITING OUR MAJESTIC ANIMALS for your DIRTY MONEY!!! LEAVE WILDLIFE where it BELONGS…in the WILDERNESS!!!!! LEAVE ANIMALS ALONE ONCE and FOR ALL…if you DON’T LOVE and CARE for THEM, then DON’T TOUCH THEM AT ALL!!!!!!! :'( :'( :'( JUSTICE and FREEDOM for ALL ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  18. ARMANDI · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    On doit arrêter les animaux dans les cirques c’est une honte de les traiter ainsi

  19. Patricia McCaskill · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    To enslave and continually abuse other species for the sake of money is despicable and inexcusable. Other countries have passed legislation to stop this sort of thing. It is far overdue for the U.S. We must step in and stop these terrible situations.

  20. Julia moore · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Nothing but unessessery needless shamful cruelty and all for greed

  21. Maria-Rita Christoph · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop the capturing of wild animals…..all animals in circuses……all over the world

  22. Ernie Sanchez · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    STOP ANIMAL ABUSE OF ANY KIND – LABS, MILLS, CIRCUSES, ZOOS, RODEOS, BULL FIGHTS, DOG/COCK FIGHTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON! GOD LOANS HUMANITY THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS FOR COMPANIONSHIP AND HEALING NOT TO BE EXPLOITED AND ABUSED!!!!!!!!

  23. Tina Pirazzi · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Arrogance of human species continues to be shameful! People are are NOT the only “earthlings” or intelligent life form inhabiting the planet. Isn’t it time to humbly recognize that other intelligent creatures need to be treated with respect….. who knows, humans might even learn something from another life form!

  24. Jo-Ann Cowan · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    so thankful there are kindred spirits here in the USA ; sometimes I feel I am an outsider to my own peers due to my compassionate feelings about all living beings. I agree that the USA NEEDS TO DO much better.

    This cruelty must stop.

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

    Non vogliamo più orrori su questa terra. Gli animali sono esseri sensibili e buoni. E noi uomini non siamo padroni del pianeta. Basta!

  26. Virginia Royals · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Show your humanity! Stop abusing circus animals!

  27. Jess · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    What a joke xx get a grip people
    Please xx poor suffering animal xx not acceptable

  28. laxman · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Stop this.

  29. Nancy Lowe · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    There is no rhyme or reasoning to allow this abuse and corruption to continue. These animal people are no different than any other foreigner to us in this world. They are not less of a person. Help them escape to a better place and hold accountable their owner for the atrocities committed upon them. Can you imagine yourself in their position? Try if you can. You cannot.

  30. S Reeves · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Please ban animals for circuses. Please support TEAPSPA

  31. Yuki Endo · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    I’ll completely support ban on animal circus. Here is what happened today at NYC City Hall.

    BREAKING NEWS 11 YEARS IN THE MAKING:
    NYC just made history! Council Member Rosie Mendez’s pioneering bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, Intro. 1233-A, just passed out of committee! We’re not done yet but this is a tremendous victory!
    Humane Scorecard: Vote on Intro. 1233-A, Health Committee, 6/15/17 10am 7-0
    Yes: Johnson (Chair), Mendez, Vacca, Van Bramer, Koo, Espinal, Eugene
    Absent: Barron, Cornegy
    Council Members Andy King and I Daneek Miller – who are not even on the committee – came to speak out against the bill. If either of these folks are your reps, please call them and express your extreme disappointment. Encourage them to reconsider and vote yes.
    The next step is a vote in the full Council. We expect that to take place next week on June 21st. After that, if we win, the bill heads to Mayor de Blasio for his signature!
    Call your Council Member right now and encourage them to vote yes! Find your Council Member: http://council.nyc.gov/districts
    Thank you to all the advocates & organizations and especially to my friend & Council Member Rosie Mendez who has fought for her bill for 11+ years & to Health Committee Chairman Corey Johnson who has been a champion for the bill and the animals. Amazing work!! This wouldn’t have happened without you!!
    Let’s do this!!

  32. ghazala buksh · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Disgrace on humanity. End such slavery.

  33. Julia moore · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    Disgusting shameful cruelty

  34. Arianna · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    STOP ANIMAL ABUSE! PSYCHOS! THEY ARE NOT OURRRSSSS!!!! THEY DESERVE BETTERERRR

  35. Maria P. · 25 April 2014 at 12:08a

    People, your representatives will NOT see your comments on this page. You have to go to your rep’s website and submit your comments.

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