Stop Circus Suffering

Keep wild animal acts off the road

Please help break the chain

Circus trucks with caged tigers, lions, bears, and elephants in chains have begun rolling back into US towns and cities as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Now is the time to keep them off the road and stop circus suffering for good! We need your help to ask venues to say “no” to the suffering and make it their policy to not host performing animal acts.

Before the pandemic, ADI was tracking 12 traveling circuses touring the US, plus suppliers of performing animal acts at events, fairs, and Shrine circuses. ADI investigations have revealed that when circuses are not touring, animal trailers are generally parked with the animals inside, and animals like elephants, camels and zebras are warehoused in barns. Animals endure barren, empty, miserable lives, barely able to move around. They also face brutal training methods to reinforce obedience. 

Now that some circuses are resuming their tours (see list below), the animals are no better off. Evidence and studies have shown that traveling circuses cannot provide wild and exotic animals with the facilities they need to maintain physical and psychological health. Circus animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of innate physical and social needs, spending excessive time shut in transporters. Wild animals living in a state of severe stress, confinement, and abuse are at a high risk of lashing out or trying to escape. Circus workers and members of the public, including children, have been killed and maimed by circus animals.

We must end the cycle of suffering inherent to these acts.  Please help break this chain by writing to the venues listed below and urging them to boycott wild animal acts. Please be polite and help get these venues on the side of the animals by explaining the facts.

IF YOU ONLY HAVE TIME TO DO ONE THING TO HELP THESE ANIMALS enduring brutalized lives in chains, please write to your members of Congress asking them to support the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) and to sign on as a co-sponsor when the bill is reintroduced this year. Find out how here.

These are the circuses that tour with wild animals in the US:

  • Carden International Circus* (which tours with at least three elephants, with trainer Joey Frisco; at least six tigers, provided by Ryan Holder; and offer camel and elephant rides)
  • Carson & Barnes Circus (which tours with three elephants, and offer camel and elephant rides)
  • Cindy Migley Circus Spectacular (which tours with various lion, tiger, elephant, and bear acts)
  • Circus Hollywood (which tours with an exotic animal petting zoo, including giraffes, zebras, camels, and kangaroos)
  • Culpepper & Merriweather* (which tours with two tigers, Solomon and Delilah, a lion Francis, and domestic animals)
  • Garden Bros Circus* (which tours with camels and offer rides)
  • Hamid Circus (which tours with various lion, tiger, and elephant acts)
  • Jordan World Circus (which tours with Carden elephants Betty and Bo, and Adam Burck’s tiger act)
  • Loomis Bros Circus* (which tours with tiger and elephant provider Brian Franzen, plus Hall’s Bears, zebras, camels, and domestics)
  • Royal Hanneford Circus* (which tours with Vicenta Page’s lion and tiger act, plus camels and domestics)
  • UniverSoul Circus (which tours with former Ringling trainer Taba Maluenda’s camel and zebra act)
  • Tarzan Zerbini Circus (which tours with at least two Zerbini elephants, provided by Anthony Thomas)

*These circuses have scheduled performances for 2021.

How you can help the animals suffering in the name of entertainment

  • Urge the venues (see below) to cancel upcoming or postponed performances/shows and make it their policy not to host future events using wild animals. A template letter for your use/personalization is provided below.
  • If you hear about any circus with wild animals (see list above) coming to your area, please contact us.
  • Sign up to our email list to receive campaign updates and actions
  • Support our campaign to stop circus suffering – donate here

Template letter to venues hosting circuses with wild animal acts – please personalize this as much as you can:

Dear [NAME OF VENUE / VENUE MANAGER],

As a citizen concerned about animal welfare and the safety of our community, I am writing to urge [NAME OF VENUE] not to host [NAME OF CIRCUS] as long as they continue to use wild animals.

Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that their physical and behavioral needs cannot be met. Confined in small spaces and spending excessive amounts of time shut in transporters, animals are often seen behaving abnormally, their rocking, swaying and pacing movements indicating that they are in distress and not coping with their environment. Investigations by Animal Defenders International have revealed that industry standard training methods involve fear, pain, and punishment to force animals to perform.

Keeping stressed, large and dangerous wild animals close to the public in lightweight, temporary enclosures has proven disastrous. Workers and members of the public have been killed and maimed; lions, tigers, elephants and other animals have escaped.

Animal welfare and public safety should not be compromised for the sake of entertainment and I respectfully urge you to safeguard both by adopting a “no wild animals” policy for future events.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


Alabama

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Alabama here.

Arkansas

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Arkansas here.

Florida

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Florida here.

Georgia

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Georgia here.

Indiana

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Indiana here.

Kentucky

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Kentucky here.

Missouri

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Missouri here.

New York

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in New York here.

North Carolina

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in North Carolina here.

Ohio

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Ohio here.

Pennsylvania

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Pennsylvania here.

South Carolina

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in South Carolina here.

Tennessee

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Tennessee here.

Texas

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Texas here.

Vermont

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Vermont here.

Virginia

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Virginia here.

Wisconsin

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Wisconsin here.

Comments

  1. Valeria · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Stop using wild animals to your ugly and horrible bussines.

  2. Bernice Mellen · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Please get all these animals to appropriate sanctuaries where they belong!!!! NOT in trailers, cages, etc. And “performin” out of fear and stress and being forced to do things so unnatural for the.!!!! They have feelings just like people do. Please stop ALL of this!!!! Animals deserve freedom that’s how God put them on this plane NOT man to interfere with their lives and use them for entertainment ☹

  3. Steve · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    I live for the day when the sadistic mind sets of circus people are sent walking to find other work.. once the world gets back to normal

    their crimes are crimes against life , which shows how dark their souls are and what kind of families they came from … pitiful and disgraceful

  4. Olivia · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    No more suffering! Move these animals to accredited sanctuaries.

  5. Annie · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    How does this still exist in 2020? Hopefully Covid confinement will make people realize what these animals go through year after year.

  6. Carolina Echeverri · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Hi, Please! I urge you to boycott wild animal acts, they are suffering and is heartbreaking to see.
    Thank you!

  7. Madeline Howell · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    There are other ways to entertain and make a living than abusing and taking advantage of living, sentient animals. This must stop now!

  8. Irene Coleman · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    How humanity can allow this to happen is beyond my comprehension to the human species.
    Please set them free and let them live their life out at a sanctuary. People in the U.S. are so much better than to allow Gods creatures to suffer however, their are a slew of bad humans in this world.

  9. Ronse · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Stop the abuse of this decent animals

  10. Mike Chyba · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Stop hurting animals, let the animals live in a sanctuary. So they can enjoy and be happy.

  11. Leslie Randall · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Just leave the animals alone. Employ people instead and send the animals to sanctuaries.

  12. Celeste Yordan · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    NO MORE CIRCUSES….NO MORE CHAINS…NO MORE ABUSE OR SUFFERING!!!!!

  13. Monica Lewandowski · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    No more caged wild animals. They should be in sanctuaries. We don’t want to see them do tricks. We want to see them in their natural habitats!

  14. Christine Imamshah · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    How we humans can allow this to happen to these beautiful wild animals is beyond my comprehension. Makes me ashamed to be part of the human race. Do the research about how these animals are treated before visiting another circus or roadside zoo and you will no longer want to have any part of it.

    We need to get ALL of these animals into sanctuaries asap to let them live out the rest of their lives with love, compassion and excellent care for what’s left of their lives.

  15. Danitza Echeandia · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    No more suffering! Move these animals to accredited sanctuaries!!!

  16. Martina · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Stop using abusing these poor elephants and other animals for “so called” entertainment!! It’s time for people to boycott circuses like these. They make their money from the suffering and abuse of animals. Please rescue them now and let them have a peaceful lifestyle In a Sanctuary away from greedy, evil people!

  17. Sabrina · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    BASTA DE MALTRATO ANIMAL. BASTA DE CIRCOS Y ENCIERROS!!! DEBEN VIVIR EN SU HÁBITAT NATURAL.

  18. Roberta Cihy · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    It’s time to STOP using animals for entertainment acts and shows. It is 2020 for heaven sakes. The world is evolving so should the circuses and entertainment. Using exotic and wild animals especially. If they decide to attack and/or escape it puts the public safety at risk. They’re not referred to exotic and wild for nothing. They’re not domesticated and can not be fully domesticated, no matter how many generations back they were taken from the wild.
    They’re strong and powerful. Exotics and wild animals should NOT be handled or kept by humans. STOP THE BARBARIC PRACTICE!

  19. Bella K · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    We need many more people sharing this link in social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. LinkedIn and Youtube too! Use this link and ask people to write and share. https://bit.ly/contact-US-circus-venues
    We can get really loud and make this cruelty stop!

  20. Joe · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Stop abusing these animals. Retire them to the sanctuary in Tennessee!!

  21. Felipe · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Animales deserve to be free de hace no right to keep them. Stop abusing this animals!

  22. judi Domino · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Hello, after reading this amazing paragraph i am as well
    delighted to share my knowledge here with friends.

  23. Silvia · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Please stop this cruelty and do the right thing now !
    Don’t profit from the pain of all animals they don’t belong to you they were born to be free. Find other ways to make your money.

  24. carol · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    You …..of …….Get those elephants and all other species of mammals and birds into a…..sanctuary…DO IT NOW>>>>NOW>>>>>NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Taryn · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    NO ONE WANTS TO SEE ANIMAL ABUSE!!!! The animals did not choose this life and they do not deserve it!!

  26. Zania · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Please stop this cruelty and do the right thing now !
    Don’t profit from the pain of all animals they don’t belong to you they were born to be free. Find other ways to make your money.

  27. Noelia guerra deniz · 10 April 2020 at 7:42a

    Desde las nuevas leyes creadas en España y parte de europa, les advertimos que apartir de esta demanda virtual que será llevada a tribunales de defensa animal donde vuestra multa y pagos serán subidos hasta tal cuantía que tendréis que entregar a santuarios oportunos a estos animales y entregarlos, son de VENTA NEGRA. PROHIBIDA Y TAMBIÉN SE UTILIZARÁ ESTO EN SU CONTRA. DESDE ESPAÑA COMENZAMOS A LUCHAR CONTRA VOSOTROS.

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