Stop Circus Suffering

US Circuses off the road, but the suffering continues

Please help break the chain

Forced to suspend their tours and postpone performances, due to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, US circuses are taking their animals off the road and back to their permanent quarters. Since late March 2020, no circuses have been touring. Loomis Bros Circus announced they will resume touring in mid June 2020. Other circuses are expected to resume touring this summer.

Up to this point, ADI was tracking twelve traveling circuses touring the US, plus suppliers of elephant and camel rides at events and fairs.  All are now off the road, but that will mean little respite for the animals.  ADI investigations in the past have revealed that, when circuses are not touring, animal trailers are generally parked with the animals inside, and animals like elephants, camels and zebras warehoused in barns – animals enduring the same barren, empty, miserable lives, barely able to move around.  There will also be the brutality of training and reinforcing obedience. 

These circuses are planning to get back on the road as soon as they can and the cycle of suffering will keep going.  Please help break this chain by writing to the venues listed below urging them to boycott wild animal acts.  BE POLITE and help get these venues on the side of the animals by explaining the facts.

IF YOU ONLY HAVE TIME TO DO JUST ONE THING TO HELP THESE ANIMALS enduring brutalized lives in chains and small cages, please write to your members of Congress asking them to sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Find out how here.

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

  • Carden International Circus (who tour with at least 3 elephants, with trainer Joey Frisco; at least 6 tigers, provided by Ryan Holder; and offer camel and elephant rides)
  • Carson & Barnes Circus (who tour with 3 elephants, and offer camel and elephant rides)
  • Culpepper & Merriweather (who tour with 2 tigers, Solomon and Delilah, a lion Francis, and domestic animals)
  • Garden Bros Circus (who tour with camels and offer rides)
  • Hamid Circus (who tour with various lion, tiger, and elephant acts)
  • Jordan World Circus (who tour with Carden elephants Betty and Bo, and Adam Burck’s tiger act)
  • Loomis Bros Circus (who tour with tiger and elephant provider Brian Franzen, plus Hall’s Bears, zebras, camels, and domestics)
  • Moolah Shrine (who are advertising elephants and elephant rides)
  • Royal Hanneford Circus (who tour with Vicenta Page’s lion and tiger act, plus camels, and domestics)
  • UniverSoul Circus (who tour with former Ringling trainer Taba Maluenda’s camel and zebra act)
  • Tarzan Zerbini Circus (who tour with at least two Zerbini elephants, provided by Anthony Thomas)

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 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

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

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Georgia

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

Indiana

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

Iowa

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

Louisiana

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

Maryland

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

Minnesota

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

Missouri

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

Montana

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

New Jersey

*New Jersey became the first state to ban wild animals in circuses in 2018.

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

New York

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

Washington D.C.

Find locations and contact information for circus venues in Washington D.C. 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!!!

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