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.

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

  • Legion Field, 400 Graymont Avenue West Birmingham, AL 35204

Who: UniverSoul
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 26-29)
Contact: Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, 205-254-2391
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Arkansas

  • Searcy County Fairgrounds, Fair Street & N Glade Street, Marshall, AR 72650

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 2)
Contact: Searcy County Fair, searcyco.fair@gmail.com, 870-221-1130
Social: Facebook

  • Boone County Fairgrounds, 1400 Fairgrounds Road, Harrison, AR 72601

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 3)
Contact: Boone County Fair, boonecountyfairar@gmail.com, 870-391-1787
Social: Facebook

Florida

  • Tailgaters Lot by TIAA Bank Field, 225 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Who: UniverSoul Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 14-15)
Contact: Bold Events, events@jaguars.com, 904-633-6544
Social: Facebook, Twitter

Indiana

  • Vigo County Fairgounds, 3901 US-41, Terre Haute, IN 47802

Who: Zorah Shrine / Tarzan Zerbini Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 20-22)
Contact: Jodi Michl, Fairgrounds Manager, info@vigofair.com, 812-201-3058
Social: Facebook

Iowa

  • National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50701

Who: Carden International Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 16-17)
Contact: Heather Marie Wilson, Special Events Coordinator, heather@nationalcattlecongress.com, 319-234-7515
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Southern Iowa Fair & Exposition, 615 N I Street, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Who: Carden International Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 20)
Contact: Southern Iowa Fair & Exposition, sifair@mahaska.org, 641-673-7004
Social: Facebook

Louisiana

  • New Orleans Vacant Lot, 9701 N 1-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70127

Who: UniverSoul Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 1-12)
Contact: Parke McEnery, parke@mceneryco.com, 504-274-2701 OR Gordon McLeod, gordon@mceneryco.com, 504-717-3648
Social: Facebook

Maryland

  • Montgomery County Agricultural Center, 501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 2-3)
Contact: Laura Murek, lmurek@mcagfair.com, 301-926-3100
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Shipley Arena, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD 21157

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 5)
Contact: Carroll County Agricuture Center, info@carrollcountyagcenter.com, 410-848-6704
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • UMBC Event Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 6)
Contact: Tiffany Sun, General Manager, tsun@umbc.edu, 706-459-8610

Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, 500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21804

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 7)
Contact: Katie Rouse, Manager, krouse@wicomicocounty.org, 410-548-4900 ext. 119
Social: Facebook

  • Charles County Fairgrounds Arena, 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata, MD 20646

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 8)
Contact: Charles County Fair, info@charlescountyfair.com, 301-932-1234
Social: Facebook

Minnesota

  • Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Avenue N, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Who: Osman Shrine / Hamid Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 26-29)
Contact: Facility Rental Inquiry Form, events@mnstatefair.org, 651-288-4000
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Graham Arena Complex, 1570 Fairground Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Who: Carden International Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 8-9)
Contact: Bob Montrose, bmontrose@rochestermn.gov, 507-358-8991
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Missouri

  • Roller Park, 837 Division Street, Sparta, MO 65753

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 4)
Contact: Sparta Park Board (see Facebook)
Social: Facebook

  • Seymour Safe Room, 700 E Clinton Avenue, Seymour, MO 65746

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 5)
Contact: City Hall, cityhall@seymourmissouri.org, 417-935-4401
Social: Facebook

  • Cabool Chamber Grounds, 320 Cannaday Lane, Cabool, MO 65689

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 6)
Contact: Cabool Chamber of Commerce, info@caboolchamber.org, 417-962-3002
Social: Facebook

  • Piney Creek Park, Highway 160, Alton, MO 65606

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 7)
Contact: Alton City Parks, 417-778-7278
Social: Facebook

  • Lions Park, 8892 Hoover Street, Winona, MO 65588

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 8)
Contact: Parks & Recreation, recreation@ci.winona.mn.us, 507-457-8258
Social: Facebook

  • Reynolds County Fairgrounds, 4586 Highway O, Redford, MO 63665

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 9)
Contact: Reynolds County Fair, 573-558-2290
Social: Facebook

  • Ernie Woodall Memorial Park, 200 S Main Street, Clarkton, MO 63837

Who: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 10)
Contact: Clarkton City Hall, 573-448-3728

  • Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, Saint Charles, MO 63303

Who: Moolah Shrine Circus
When: October 15-18 (previously scheduled March 19-22)
Contact: Greg Milam, Director of Operations, gmilam@familyarena.com, 636-896-4252
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Montana

  • Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 N Black Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715

Who: Jordan World Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 30)
Contact: Dennis Voeller, General Manager, dennis.voeller@gallatin.mt.gov, 406-582-3276
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds, 98 W Custer Avenue, Helena, MT 59602

Who: Jordan World Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 15)
Contact: Stacy Gates, sgates@lccfairgrounds.com, 406-457-8516
Social: Facebook

  • Butte-Silver Bow Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Avenue, Butte, MT 59701

Who: Jordan World Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 16)
Contact: Bill Melvin, General Manager, bmelvin@bsb.mt.gov, (406) 497-6400
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Montana ExpoPark, 400 3rd Street NW, Great Falls, MT 59404

Who: Jordan World Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 17-18)
Contact: Montana ExpoPark, kim@goexpopark.com, 406-727-8900
Social: Facebook

New Jersey

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

  • Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 1)
Contact: John Lynch, Director of Sales & Entertainment, jlynch@wildwoodsnj.com, 609-846-2656
Social: Facebook; Twitter

New York

  • Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075

Who: Ismailia Shrine / Hamid Circus
When: October 2-4 (previously scheduled March 13-15)
Contact: E.J. Gosner, egonser@ecfair.org, 716-649-3900

Ohio

  • Henderson’s Arena, 739 Van Fossan West Road, Jackson, OH 45640

Who: Loomis Bros Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 27-28)
Contact: Henderson’s Western Store, hendersonswestern@yahoo.com, 740-988-2971
Social: Facebook

  • Simmons Equestrian Center, 49053 Fredericktown-Clarkson Road, Negley, OH 44441

Who: Loomis Bros Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 3-4)
Contact: 330-446-0142

  • Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N Broadway Street, Lebanon, OH 45036

Who: Loomis Bros Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 6)
Contact: Rebecca Osborne, rosborne@warrencountyfairohio.org, 513-932-2636
Social: Facebook

  • Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road Ste 1268, Dayton, OH 49459

Who: Antioch Shrine / Tarzan Zerbini Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 2-5)
Contact: Dave Duebber, General Manager, dave.duebber@washingtonprime.com, 937-433-9834
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • Seagate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604

Who: Zenobia Shrine Circus
When: October 15-18 (previously scheduled March 19-22)
Contact: Carol Dupuis, Director of Sales and Marketing, cdupuis@meettoledo.org, 419-392-0937
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Pennsylvania

  • Printscape Arena at Southpointe, 114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Who: Loomis Bros Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled March 30-31)
Contact: Kayla McKelvey, Program & Marketing Manager, kayla@printscapearena.com, 724-745-6666 ext. 207
Social: Facebook

  • HotShots Arena, 482 Bessemer Road, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

Who: Loomis Bros Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled April 1-2)
Contact: Tyler Davis, Manager & Program Director, tylerdavis@hotshotsarena.com, 724-547-5700
Social: Facebook

South Carolina

  • CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681

Who: UniverSoul Circus
When: TBD
Contact: CCNB Amphitheatre, info@trzmanagement.com, 864-296-6601
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Tennessee

  • Liberty Bowl – Blue Lot, 375 Early Maxwell Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38104

Who: UniverSoul Circus
When: TBD
Contact: Thomas Carrier, General Manager, Thomas.Carrier@spectraxp.com, 901-729-4071
Social: Facebook; Twitter

Texas

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

Washington DC

  • Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street SE, Washington, DC 20032

Who: Garden Brothers Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 9-10)
Contact: Paul Snell, psnell@eventsdc.com, 202-249-3000
Social: Twitter

Wisconsin

  • Resch Center, 820 Armed Forces Drive, Green Bay, WI 54304

Who: Beja Shrine / Carden International Circus
When: TBD (previously scheduled May 2-3)
Contact: Brendan Bruss, Executive VP of PMI Entertainment Group, brendan.bruss@pmiwi.com, 920-405-1103
Social: Facebook; Twitter

  • UWM Panther Arena, 404 W Kilbourn Avenue, Milwuakee, WI 53203

Who: Tripoli Shrine / Carden International Circus
When: October 2-4 (previously scheduled May 8-10)
Contact: Vince Piquette, Manager of Entertainment & Sports, vpiquette@wcd.org, 404-908-6057
Social:Facebook; Twitter

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!!!!!

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