Stop Circus Suffering

Pennsylvania circus bill launched by Senator Leach

State bill to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in travelling acts introduced

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach has introduced a state bill to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. ADI is working closely with Senator Leach’s office, providing research and evidence of how such shows cannot provide for the needs of the animals, nor protect citizens from the inherent risk.

Introducing the bill, Senator Leach stated: “Elephants are not the only circus animals that are suffering. To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.”

Pennsylvania Residents Take Action!

If you live in Pennsylvania, contact your state Senator and Representative today and ask them to please support Senator Leach’s efforts to end the abuse of wild animals when circuses come to the state.

Find your state Senator here / Find your state Representative here

You can mention that, due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems, and therefore it is never humane.

Circuses with wild animals are not safe for animals or the public. 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 and elephants have all escaped.

The actual language and bill number will be finalized in the coming days, so please check back for more details.

Comments

  1. Annie Churchill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Outdated, in humane treatment of wild animals .
    The public is NOT entertained by this type of
    circus act! Please put law into effect to stop this
    cruel practice. Thank you!

    1. Laura Feldman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      This sickens me. Animals are so incident and dependent on us for there well being when in captivity. They should be free ,,, or just leave them be… It’s cruel. For them to be stuck in cages.

  2. joii resnick · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please please stop the cruelty …just pretend they are your children

  3. Helle Valenzano · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals belong in the wild. It in some off the main road freak show. Time to end this Inhumane nightmare for which these amazing animals are subjected to

  4. Dana Belt · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.

  5. annie carrozza · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This makes me very happy. This is such an important bill.
    these beautiful animals deserve a better life!

  6. karlene arment · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please…..this is NOT the life intended for God’s creatures. Neither are zoos!

  7. Natalie McIlwain · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is the right thing to do!!!!

  8. theresa schaffer · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please look out for the animals need. this is unexceptionable.

  9. Lynda Warner · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please ban all animals from the circus.
    They suffer to make people happy.

    Thank you.
    Lynda Warner

  10. Talkemalov · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Must stop

  11. Joslin meraz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All wild animals deserve to be free, not performing for humans. 🙁

  12. Michelle Storace · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals do not belong in circuses of any kind

  13. Kenneth · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Elephants are not the only circus animals that are suffering. To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer

    1. Laura Feldman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      Such beautiful intelligent animals slaves to people! What an injustice to such a GOD GIVEN gift to us. Those people should be ashamed!

  14. Carolyn Ellertson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    OMG!! Thank you for having the intelligence to recognize the obvious!! Many have not yet made the connection, and I commend you! These poor animals are in devastating conditions; trained through brutal conditioning methods, and kept in shoebox size facilities. These people KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING!! They don’t care! I is abominable, and I am so proud of you for taking a stand against it..

  15. Ellen cuff · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I don’t believe any animal should have to pay the cost of there freedom just so we can have a few laughs t his is inhuman an I don’t support any circuses I believe they should have the right to be free an instead we rip them away from the only home they no an force them to put on a show so we can make money seriously this must stop we as humans would not want to be locked up an paraded around for fun so why should they have to

  16. Megan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop the madness!

  17. parisot · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    BOYCOTT LES CIRQUES !!!!!!!!

  18. Maria · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please band all circuses!!!

  19. Leanne Pain · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I don’t live local, but I am so happy to hear that someone is taking action to help stop the abuse of these amazing animals. Thank you!

  20. PRIDDY · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    no more circuses

  21. Noel Luna · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please follow and or support Senator Leach in his endeavor to end the inhumane suffering of wild animal circus acts. The confinement and torturous ways of training these wild creatures is purely abuse and should not be tolerated. Thank you for your concern and compassion to end their suffering.

  22. Tara Butterfill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals belong in the wild, there is no place for them in captivity ever

  23. Debra Calva · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I truly believe that subjecting animals to this cruel life style is barbaric. All so we can be amazed at what they do. If you want to be amazed just observe them in their natural habitat, how they love and care for their own.

    1. Laura Feldman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      The beauty and calmness of watching animals in the wild. Should teach every human a lesson.

  24. Regina Clayton · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Even small domestic cats should not be put into cages this small. This just emphasises how cruel circuses are to wild animals who should be roaming free, and of course this picture doesn’t show the abject cruelty they are open to when being made to perform.

  25. Luiza Grunebaum · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild and exotic animals do not belong in traveling acts. I support Senator Daylin Leach.

  26. sarah johnson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Do what you know is right.

  27. Margaret French · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals should NOT be used in ANY acts for “entertainment” purposes…..it’s disgraceful and inhumane!!

  28. Lisa Jones · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It’s terrible that this still goes on, please, please back this to stop the suffering of these poor animals

  29. Anna baum · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Shop with having these beautiful animals suffer any more !!!!!!!! Mankind hurts and destroys everything for money and are heartless !!!!!

  30. Michelle Kurahara · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    So upsetting. Imagine yourself in those conditions, it would make you go crazy. Please free them, there is too much suffering in this world as it is.

  31. Kim Hill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please take all animals out of the circus. They are not given a choice on performing. They have no way to say they are not happy. We are saying it for them. Please stop!

  32. Martha Beatriz Miranda · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    They deserve a better life.Precious Animals.

  33. Torrie wittchow · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please end all circus animal acts.

  34. Sylvia Schmidt · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The circus days are out of the dark ages & their days are over now.

  35. Linda Comparillo · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals should not be used for our entertainment. I support this bill.

  36. imaslb · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I hope all circus’ & shows like that drop the animal acts. Those arent natural.

  37. Jennifer Armstrong · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop using wild animals for entertainment! It’s not safe for humans and it’s cruel to them!!!!

  38. Lily · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Good on you Senator Leach for being a voice to these beautiful creatures who cannot speak out. I wish everyone had your great way of thinking. Xxx

  39. Adele · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    So good to see!!

  40. Katja Johnson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    circus bill needs support

  41. Åsa Olsson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The Time is NOW

  42. arlette petit · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Tous les animaux doivent vivres libres heureux honte sur l’homme qui les surexploitent devener tous végétariens mesdames messieurs et les enfants

  43. Elizabeth A. Castillo · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Severe confinement and lack of exercise is cruel. Wild animals belong in the wild not behind bars shuttled out for our amusement.

  44. Sandy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    thisis inhumane..

    1. Sandy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems, and therefore it is never humane.

  45. Yelena Bakunovich · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    No animals should be suffering, they are wild and they belong to wild environment, no cages, no circus, no backyards. Please set them free

  46. Johanna Sigurz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please help stopping wild animals in circus!

  47. peg · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please support Senator Leachs efforts against abuse of wild animals in circuses when they come to pa,big cats and elephants,thank you

  48. Sarah Wakehouse · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals are not side show attractions!

  49. Brook Nobles · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals being in Nature not in a cage!

  50. Michele Hinton · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This should have ended years ago how would they like to be caged !!

  51. Lindsey ancharski · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please end circus animal torture. These amazing animals deserve better. They are meant to be free not used for our entertainment

  52. Linda · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    About time this was stopped. It is utterly cruel & disgusting. Why don’t these kind of so and so’s get a real job. I hate circus’s & would NEVER go to one & instruct children of what the poor animals go through for mans gain and they don’t want to go.

  53. Rene dougan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This Bill needs passed these animals should be out in wild. Living as GOD intended.

  54. Mitja Ogrinc · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    STOP!

  55. razlina · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop this cruelty please. Prove to the world that you people are civilized!!!!!

  56. Beth Hance · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I’m a PA resident and totally would love to see this happen. As much as I love seeing snimals, I still feel bad for them at fairs and such. I hope this bill gets passed.

  57. Joelle Forget · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop animal cruelty ASAP.

  58. T.R. · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals need to be freed to live in their own habitat. Their habitat needs to be protected from humans. Period.

  59. Tara · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please save these exotic beautiful creatures from a desolate life..

  60. Lori Kelley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    By having wild animal circus we are not only putting the animals in danger but we are also putting the public in great danger. We must remember that these animals are still wild they are routinely abused by trainers which can lead to them going off the deep end and attacking not only their trainer but innocent bystanders. It is time that the wild animal circus comes to an end forever.

  61. Anami Finnie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop this foolishness and irresponsible torture . It’s I humane .

  62. gaynor fisher · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is just evil

  63. carine hoebeeck · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    In Belgium we have a new law to protect wild animals , there are no animals in circus anymore ! They belong in the wild nature !! I hope you will do the same in the USA !

  64. ELLEN CHILDERS · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    People entertain people animals don’t have to. I would rather see a high wire act, or how many clowns can get in a tiny little car. I’ll take this any day of the week over animals in misery.

  65. scarlett · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals were not made for captivity nor for our entertainment. Animals should be protected and able to roam the freely. If humans do not like cages or confined spaces what make circus owners think that the animal will. Those who keep animals should be fined or locked up with their names kept on record.

  66. DENISE CONCETTINA COTTONE · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    ALL ANIMALS IN CIRCUS’S MUST BE FREED
    AND TO BE PLACED IN ANIMAL SANCTUARIES
    ALL ANIMAL CIRCUSES SHOULD BE ABOLISHED
    WORLDWIDE !!!

  67. Linda Phelan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    No animal should be exploited for human entertainment.

  68. Cheryl Conley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    God bless this man!

  69. Kelly Eckert · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animal entertainment acts are not only bad for the animals, they’re bad for people. Captive animals don’t become tame and friendly. After living in a cage and being abused, they get angry and could lash out at people at any time. Please prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment in PA.

  70. Cindy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild Cats are just that… WILD. They should not be domesticated or used in any type of human entertainment. If they are abandoned as babies or hurt in some way, only then should they be allowed to be kept in some sort of rehabilitation facility with people who truly know what they are doing. They can be on display in their rehab environment for educational purposes but not used for entertainment.

  71. Barbara Drust · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I agree with the passage of this bill. We need to save our wildlife, not display them. It is not safe for the animals or the public.

  72. Joanne Hanson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Its cruel and abuse they don’t treat them good and deserve to be left in there wild habitat. FREE

  73. kathleen · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT!!!! YOU ALL ARE AS HORRIBLE AS CHINA!!!!

  74. Paula Schneider · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you for your action against using innocent, sentient, consciously aware beings for human profit and entertainment.

  75. wendy jones · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    ban them as soon as possible

  76. Mila Counihan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I don’t live in Pennsylvania not even in US, but sincerely hate justice no matter which part of the world it happens . How could anyone treat animals like this and still call himself a human … These sort of horrible things make me cry and I believe there is a nice hot place in Hell for those who accept such behaviour.

  77. Ivana Carrozzi · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please don’t support circuses, exhibitors, or entertainers that use and abuse wildlife.
    The circuses are not humane: due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems.

  78. Renate Andersch · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The animals are suffering and to prohibit the circuses to have any animal use for entertainment would be just the right thing to do. I can only support the bill.

  79. Megan Scott · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    this needs to stop for all animals in circuses!!!!

  80. Marjie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    To not stop this ie inexcusable . So please listen to the concerned people

    Thank you
    Kind regards

  81. Dan Taormino · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please support this bill. What was thought to be entertaining in the past is not. Stop this cruelty to animals. Thank you

  82. ilene · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop the mistreatment of these beautiful majestic animals

  83. Linda Urchenko · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    So Long Over Due…..Thank-You For Doing This….

  84. Mecca · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    These animals are not meant for this. We should respect them give them rights also. They are God creatures.

  85. Janel · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Poor conditions for these majestic creatures. The circus is no place for animals!

  86. Colleen Anderson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals are not on this earth to entertain us. If only they could speak. Please stop doing this. Thx

  87. Bonnie Pomeroy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    We have no right to cage any animal simply for human entertainment. They deserve the right to live as they were intended to be — in the wild. When this cannot happen, animal sanctuaries are the next best alternative.

  88. Debra Moriston · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    respect the wild in wild animals

  89. Susan Coles · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop using animals in the circus!

  90. Donna Baisley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please STOP the use of wild animals for human entertainment…. These animals SUFFER daily being confined to a cage…. Forced to perform, what kind of life is this for ANY living creature??????

  91. Carol McBride · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I hate the use of animals in circus’s! Give them the respect and dignity they deserve. Stop this now!

  92. Lori · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I wish there was a petition added to this…. Sometimes a petition is easier for people to sign rather then do an email. I will be sending mine.

  93. Claire Rafferty · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    disgusting.

  94. Tabetha · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    i completely agree these beautiful animals should be set free but since they r in captivity so long much of there lives they would not know how to fend or survive themselves… it is such a sad world for all animals to live nowadays.. The exploitations and killing of any creature should b banned world wide

  95. Lorraine Hamilton · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    animals belong in their natural environment being protected they are not for shows or performances its disgusting treating them like this!!!!

  96. Gina Calabrase · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    One step at a time and never give up the fight for those who can’t speak. Freedom for all animals.

  97. Debbie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I’m just sickened by all the stories of animal abuse!! I just love animals so much it just doesn’t make sense how some people can think this circus crap is OK!!! This must be stopped and all animal abuse!!!

  98. Anne Falkenreck · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    BRAVO! Senator Leach, we need more people like you in this world, that uses ANIMAL CRUELTY AND DEATH to fill their pockets. GOD bless the Animals.

  99. Ginny Stone · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you so much for using common sense and eliminating ignorance and cruelty to put an end to this type of animal cruelty.

  100. Lesley Jean Davies · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is wonderful news and should raise awareness of the fate of circus animals with compassionate human beings the world over. Finally the voice of reason wins the day

  101. Joyce felse · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    its time for animals to be released from a lifetime of inprisonment.

  102. Gail Haulman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I fully support this bill.to stop and prohibit the abuse of animals in a circus…for entertainment or any other exhibit.

  103. Heather · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals should not be in circuses

  104. Sabine Wedertz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals in the circus is cruel!

  105. Joyce K Reynolds · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    LONG OVERDUE recognition that NO ANIMAL belongs in a circus.

  106. Susan Swartz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The “use” of wild and exotic animals in any type of traveling “entertainment” is INHUMANE!
    PLEASE protect these animals and stop this cruelty!
    Susan Swartz
    Mahtowa Minnesota

    1. Susan Swartz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      Please stop the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling entertainment acts. This is cruel and inhumane!

  107. carol gargiulo · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Help the animals

  108. Leea Galloway · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    These precious animals DO NOT DESERVE TO SUFFER!!!!Something must be done! !!!!!

  109. Karen Ruby · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I fully support this bill. It is way overdue and should go in full effect. there is no need to display animals in this forum knowing they are mistreated due to lack of exercise and not in their natural environments that lend itself to poor health and the basic need of letting the animals be “happy.” I hope this bill goes through with flying colors. It would mean possibly saving a lot of animals and helping them live the lives they deserve:)

  110. Micheal Sickert · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please end the animal abuse. They deserve better. They need to be at well established Sanctuary for exotic animals.

  111. lenny prins · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    imprisonment and degradation for profit and amusement. stop it now.

  112. Theresa Heiser · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This needs to stop.

  113. Sarah · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All animals deserve to be free

  114. shyamain wickramasinghe · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop this cruel inhuman act.

  115. Judy Bollman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop torturing animals.

  116. Tatia shurgaia · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I’m from New York and I 100% support Senator Leach’s efforts to help end animal suffering.

  117. mary stroud · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Come on Congress and senators pass something that is going to be passed to help the caged animals. do something for once you have been the do nothing Congress and Senate 6 years, surprise me !!!!!!

  118. Denise Bligh · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop abusing animals.

  119. Suzan Courtney · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It’s so much more kind and humane to see these incredible animals living their lives in a beautiful environment than doing stupid tricks in a circus or other types of entertainment. I knew it was wrong even as a child when I was taken to a circus–I hated it!

  120. Cher Dale · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Kindness Matters to All Living Beings ––

    This is CRUELTY
    This is CRUELTY

    Help END their SUFFERING.

  121. Nati Fernandez · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please let these animals go to an animal sanctuary where they won’t be abused!

  122. Sheila O'Neill Massoni · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    ty for caring about animals let’s get this law in nj

  123. Patricia Crawley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    poor beautiful cats, please stop this ridiculous pasttime of using wild creatures for show, it is totally not necessary and is actually CRUEL

  124. Dawn Spangler · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please don’t use these beautiful creatures for a profit!

  125. GABRIELLA RODELLI · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please support Senator Leach’s efforts to end the abuse of wild animals when circuses come to the state!!!!!!!

  126. Stefanie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Leave these animals alone where they belong in their natural habitat

  127. Lynette Hattingh · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All circus animals must be released. Please. For the animals. Thankyou

  128. ANN WILLIAMS · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    at least senator leach is making a huge effort in his state to prohibit this cruel transporting. apparently HR 1554 is sitting in someone drawer. kudos to senator leach and i hope it passes in pennsylvannia. all pleas have been ignored in florida but that is because of Ringling lobbyists.

  129. Kellie Springer · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I’s time to treat all of these beautiful creatures with the respect they deserve. Please, please get all of the animals out of the circuses.

  130. Lori Sheridan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This continued use of animals in the circus today makes no sense. They are wild animals that should be protected in the wild or sheltered in wildlife refuges and zoos if necessary. Children and their parents no longer buy the antics of this cruel practice. Please take action to stop this cruelty and dangerous practice.

  131. Marie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I support the non-use of exotic animals in circus acts, along with any other cruel acts against these beautiful creatures!

  132. Dan & Erika Miller · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is cruel and inhumane treatment of animals. The public should be aware of the horrible way they are “kept”. Circuses should not be allowed to “house” any animal just for the sheer purpose of entertaining the crowds. If they must continue let them get more human acts in the rings, and leave the animals alone!

  133. Linda Warnock · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Circuses using wild animals for profit while abusing them must be stopped. Wild animals deserve to spend their lives on earth as they were created to do – in the wild, not stuffed in a cage and tormented by humans.

  134. Teresa Hartman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It is time for civilized individuals to stop exploiting wild or tame (greyhounds) animals. They are not things, but beings, and should be allowed to live their lives without human interference for the sake of making money from their beauty or speed or any other half brained rationalizations.

  135. Lisa Ridge · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please end the suffering of these animals!!! They do not belong in the circuses performing mindless acts for the public. If they want to learn about and see the animals in their natural habitat, go to a sanctuary or safari, not a circus.

  136. Uta jehnich · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop any use of wild and exotic animals to be exploited for humans entertainment. It is excruciating to see how insensitive we have become to our fellow creatures, here, on God’s green earth. Thank you.

  137. Bill Marcus · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is wrong, I hope this bill becomes law, protect the Animals

  138. Joice · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animal lover

  139. Tamsen Chadwick · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I am so glad these animals are now being protected!

  140. Susan Griffith · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you, Senator Leach!

  141. Barbara Kuhar · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Prohibit that allready!

  142. Sharon Bosley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    caged and mistreated animals are NOT entertainment

  143. Anne Beaverson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I applaud Pennsylvania for launching this petition. This issue needs to be resolved now and fortunately has great momentum in the entire world as these same animals are facing extinction in the wild!

  144. Julie Hoy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Really thought the world had stopped this cruelty. Just disgusting,

  145. linda lang · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    i think it’s cruel and barbaric 🙁

  146. Marsh Heuer · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Such good news knowing that people are working on animal issues.

  147. Lyn Henderson · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    In my opinion, all circuses should stop the use of wild animals in all their acts. Abuses have be known for a long time and it is BEYOND time for this to stop.

  148. Zina A. Attar · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you for the good news… God bless you.
    Zina – Iraq

  149. frenzie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    pas d’animaux dans les cirques, je suis contre

  150. Naima Nadir · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop the use of animals in such cruel ways. Why do humans need to make animals behave like them? We need to learn to enjoy them the way they are supposed to be. I fully support this ban/ bill.

  151. Cheryl Hudgins · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The cages are so small they cannot even turnaround

  152. Devi Filchel · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop wild animals from being the entertaining of people. They have born to be free, plus many of them are facing extinction in the wilds, wich circuses and zoos only worsen the situation by promoting the demand of these magnific creatures.

  153. Eleanor McDonald · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Senator Leach, congratulations, let Pennsylvania be the first state to enact this legislation, but in order for it to be effective, we must get all states, and owners of these traveling animal acts, to acknowledge the cruelty of the confinement of these animals. We live in an age that this is not the only means for people to see “wild” animals which is probably why this started. Thank you so much for caring.

  154. mary mariano · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals were born free they should stay that way PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP ZOOS N THE CIRCUS. STOP

  155. Nicola Blakey · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please stop this maltreatment of wild animals. It is very wrong.

  156. einar friberg · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Well done Senator Daylin Leach!

  157. Margie Harkins · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All animals should be treated with respect!

  158. Delphi Newman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    No civilised nation would allow this to continue!

  159. Liz Latteman · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Senator, please be one of todays “enlighten humans” with a heart and awareness of the suffering these poor animals endure and put an end to this barbaric so called entertainment.

  160. Kelly Conley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you for helping to stop this cruelty.

  161. rachelle toulouse · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    all circus should be ban they mistreat animals there in it for the money not to entertain the public everybody should stop going to these circus so all the tortured animals be freed

  162. Mandy Tshibangu · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please end the abuse and suffering of wild animals in the circus! They are intelligent beings, not to be confined and used for our amusement!!!

  163. s.b. · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    rep and senator contacted. I am 100% for the ban of animal use in circuses and traveling exotic animal sideshows. My only concern is the hope that good zoo’s and local rehabbers with education programs will not be affected by this.

  164. Tracy Boyle · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop the ALL the suffering.

  165. Christina · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I completely agree on not keeping these animals in cages this has to stop they were here long before us and now there a show? 3 or 4 250 lbs in a cage for not even one if you senator could get this bill to pass take it to congress to save are wild life and put the in preserves that meet their living conditions oboma can spend mony on charity for black men only but dosent announce it so white aren’t affended take some money safe are wild life without them left we won’t excist at a point as for bees nobody is being educated on them nobody knows they’d starve without them either people are so caught up in tying an elephant to a bar and letting their kids sit on it for a minute for 2 buck I seen last summer it had no water it was 90 plus humid I walked up with waster he said no I threatend him with health and safety of animals the elephant blew it all over it’s body I filled it it drank the whole five gallon bucket we filled twice more and poured over the animal and left a bucket in front to drink once we seen him take it away we turned him ASAP again tied to a bar how sick in a small horse trailer he was traveling in that the back top was cut out for head cause her body didn’t fit that’s just one story if I could speak for every animal on earth I would say thank you for helping me can you help all the others? Again thanks

  166. donna furano · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All these animals are stressed,abused,and forced to do ignorant tricks! Let them have their freedom!

  167. Cheryl · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    These cats were not meant to live like this. EXTREMELY CRUEL. This must be stopped.

  168. Karen Roberts · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Born Free!!

  169. JeanMarie Kain · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop wild animals from traveling in circuses

  170. Tonya jones · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    We live in 2015 and all the wild animals cannot be wild do to humans!! We need to end display and ownership of all wild animals! Also there should be severe punishment for neglect and abuse in any circumstance!! Thank you

  171. Veronica Gut · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please help the Tigers & lions!!!

  172. Ali Alp · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Circus’ using animals have no place in the 21st century !

  173. Joan Powers · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wicked misuse of wild animals who should be in the wild but now their best hope is a sanctuary- this cruelty is not “educational”

  174. Maureen Hill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild animals should stay wild ! not shot or taken for money …. !

  175. Justin Emery · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I hope PA steps up

  176. Hershula Dhasmana · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Deliberate cruelty to our defenseless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty. – William Ralph Inge

  177. jeannine wietrich · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Pour le bien – être de tous les animaux !

  178. mercedes alonso vega · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop animal suffering!!!

  179. cheryl lynette bush · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank you Senator Leach for your compassion, may the bill go through.

  180. skylar · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I agree we need to stop the cruelty to animals in circuses and even in some zoos and sanctuaries it breaks my heart to see elephants Tigers and many more animals being treated unfairly

  181. Gail · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I support Senator Leach!

  182. Nina · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    wondeeful news….!!!!
    We are supporting the bill 100%

  183. Roxanne Dinkines · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is inhumane – funny, only man can do this to another living creature.

  184. Ashley Williams · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop the cruel treatment of animals for profit !

  185. Jody L Keelin · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please make this stop – what a miserable, demeaning life!

  186. Charmaine Dunn · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please save the Tigers from inhumane abuse.

  187. Novarini · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Vraiment honteux

  188. roseanne davis · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I support the close of this circus and fot the animals have a btr life in freedom.

  189. Lorena Miller · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    All this must stop….together we can stop the torture of these beautiful animals who deserve a good life

  190. Emma Humphries · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It’s so bad, hope u can save them from a life like this

  191. Lael bradshaw · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please ban the use of wild animals on roadside shows and the like.

  192. LM. W · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    NO MORE TRAINED BIG CATS, ELEPHANTS,
    BEARS, ETC !!

  193. May Terry · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals don’t belong in circuses!

  194. V Hemingway · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    The animal welfare community is having an impact, city by city, state by state, country by country. We have much work left to do, this is a great start.

  195. vanessa · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    stop make money with animals.

  196. kelly restivo · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I do want them to be let go, but what happens next? How do we care for them all, when they are abandoned??

    1. ADI Admin Post author· 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      Hi Kelly, the animals can be rehomed in sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace. ADI rescued all of the circus animals in Bolivia and are presently working with the authorities in Peru and Colombia to help implement their wild animal bans.

  197. Diane Lueders · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Do not kill these animals.

  198. Diane Lueders · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Do not kill these animals.That has to be very stressful for them while being in the circus. Give them a sanctuary where they can enjoy life.

  199. GAIL RIGGINS · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    i ‘am totaly aganist useing exotic animals for entertainment.or breeding to buy for a pet. but also ned to stop useung up there habitath. they are losing there part of this earth to live on. i believe the artic white bearwill be gone befor we know it. the polar ice caps are melting at alarming rate. trees still are ‘nt protected like they need to be . all us humans need to be good earth shepards. or we wont have aything to shepard.

  200. diane hilliker · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Set them free , living in cages is very cruel.

  201. diane hilliker · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Set the big cats free, making them live in cages is cruel, no room to move freely around.

  202. Jayne Cooper · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop animals being used in circuses

  203. Anju Mahendroo · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please sign this petition !,, so important to give these poor things freedom….in the wilds where they belong !!! Not caged and tortured.”inhuman

  204. Satvinder Gill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    YOU GUYS CALL YOURSELF HUMAN????…..YOU ARE A DISGRACE …I GET SO ANGRY WHEN I SEE WHAT WE DO TO ANIMALS….ID LOVE TO DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN….

  205. Carla Teegarden · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Using the suffering of others animals for our entertainment is wrong and immoral. After the lights are dimmed and the show is over, the animals get packed up in tight confining spaces. Shipped all over with no comforts. It is inhumane. It is unnatural and stressful on the animals.

  206. Ellinor Marie Dam · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It can’t be right to keep wild animals in cages. Its all about the money, -so so wrong to earn money this way !

  207. Sheena Beck · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    No animals should be used to entertain anyone. They deserve to live their lives in a suitable environment and not be abused or killed by anyone.

  208. Beth West · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Yea for the people who have the power to make changes finally take up the cause of animal health and welfare. Keep up the good work. You are just who those of us who know the truth about animal care salute you!

  209. H. Weichel · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This is a much needed law! Should be federal!

  210. Dawn · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please help support this very important legislation. It is time for exploitation of animals to end.

  211. Liz · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    i totally agree no wild animals should be used or owned by humans in anyway they are WILD let’s keep it that way

  212. Lisa Walker · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    this is so disgusting to me & needs to stop.These are Gods creatures & need to be set free.Its animal cruelty in the highest form.STOP USING THESE BEAUTIFUL CATSFOR YOUR OWN GAINS.

  213. susan smith · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Yes, it is vary important that all exotic animals not be allowed dealing with the public. These animals are stuck in small cages, have health problems and behavior problems and are stressed. Please make sure these animals are placed in safe sanctuaries to live out their life away from the public. They deserve a better life then a small cage.——Thank you

  214. Amanda Reile · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals are intelligent creatures just like us that deserve rights and freedom and basic needs. Circuses and amusement parks do not support animals and actually humiliate and torture them. These things need to stop.

  215. Ann Hughes Devereaux · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    this wrong please allow these animals a better life, take care of and respect amazing animals, thank you

  216. debby dunn · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems, and therefore it is never humane.

  217. Debbie Shaffer · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals are more civilized than humans!

  218. karina hall · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    these animals should not be in cages and put on show would you do this to your children

  219. suzanne carrier · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    They are God creatures and should be free

  220. Denise Kelley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Save the animals that are in the circus!

  221. Sherry Shafer · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It’s time to put an end to circuses and any acts that used animals. It’s archaic and cruel.

  222. Tonja · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please, please let this end now!!!! Put your animals or yourself ( for real) in their situation, abused, torch erred, not humane. We need to be the generation to say ENOUGH!!! These poor animals have a bleak future as it is, with hunting, eating them fur trade….I could go on forever, they DESERVE their lives to be lived out away from their abusers in peace and comfort. Plus these animals make not a cent of the work they do no special love or treatment, is this what you want our kids or grandchildren to see that it is ok to abuse a breathing feeling animal for money and fame….I don’t think you do in your hearts. Please hear us as their voices, it’s time to end this NOW!

  223. Melony Pino · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    WILD ANIMALS DO NOT BELONG IN THE CIRCUS. THAT’S NOT WHAT THEY WERE PUT ON EARTH FOR.

  224. Kathy Wallington · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please help free them all!

  225. caroline kabachenski · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    this is cruel this animals are beautiful and majestic they must be allowed to be free and live the life they are meant to live

  226. Jackie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Put them in a safe place and let them live there lives how they should have been in the wild.

  227. Esther Garcia · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Stop animal cruelty

  228. Tammie · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Where do I sign a petition?

  229. Marcia Weinstein · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals should be free away from our cruelty

  230. JoAnne ONeill · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Look how miserable and mistreated these innocent animals are! It’s got to stop!

  231. Daisy Clark · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop allowing this madness!!

  232. Kristina Follett · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    dDue to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems, and therefore it is never humane.

    Circuses with wild animals are not safe for animals or the public. 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 and elephants have all escaped.

  233. Muriel H. Dandurand · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I agonize over the cruelty that can be so rampant in what is called civilization. These beautiful, innocent creatures are considered a commodity to those who exploit their beauty for the almighty dollar. It is a matter of the Homo Sapien species domination of a “lesser species,” ( a term that I abhor. All exhibitions of exotic animals should be summarily banned permanently.

  234. Julia Wrycza · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Maybe other states will follow along!

  235. Sonya Boyd · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Thank You!!

  236. Breno Correia da Silva · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Pelo fim da exploração de Animais, em “circos”, boicotemos, já!!!

  237. Pattie Treece · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    It’s way past time to stop animal abuse every where, especially the circus!!! Find some other way to entertain the people. This majestic animals should not be made to suffer for people’s entertainment!!!!!

  238. Irma Hesse · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Let’s start being what we claim to be. …humans

  239. kevin ward · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    please ban all zoos and circuses

  240. Sheryl · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I hope New York will consider this as well. Want to see an exotic animal then turn on the discovery channel. Zoos should be outlawed too. Wild animals should live in the WILD.

  241. Deborah · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Circuses are no longer relevant. We all know the animals suffer and are being exploited.
    What kind of “joy” does that bring to these so called greatest shows on earth.

  242. Suzanne Varga · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Circus animals need to stop. I’m from Australia and we have one Elephant left to rescue. Animals suffering isn’t the way of 2015.
    Imagine yourself or your family having to preform tricks just to eat. It’s cruel.
    Regards Suzanne Varga.

  243. Jeanie Ryan · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Please stop the inhumane practice of confining wild animals close to the public in lightweight containers.They are stressed, unhealthy and dangerous.
    People have been maimed and killed and the public is at risk.
    Circuses are inherently inhumane and have no place in modern society.

  244. Keith Croes · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    As a Pennsylvania expat, I wish I were there so I could vote for Sen. Leach. Pennsylvania will be applauded for this bill, soon-to-be law. In the long run, the law will pay off in many different ways.

  245. taylor ammons · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Wild life are not ours to cage and abuse. Wild life belongs in nature not in cages

  246. Wendy Burr · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I applaud the introduction of a state bill to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.
    It’s time we stopped exploiting animals and start recognize animals’ needs.

  247. Blanche Douglass · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This type of entertainment has to stop. It is mindless and cruel entertainment enforced upon the poor animals. It is disgraceful that in the year 2015 this is still going on and people actually go and watch it. The human race really disappoints me but not as much as the trainers and owners of the circuses.

  248. Peter W. Rieck · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    These Animals deserve to be treated with dignity. They need to be in a sanctuary, where they can live as free as possible!

  249. Lynne McVernon · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    We HAVE NOT have been ‘given’ dominion over the beasts of the earth; this is a man made concept. We have developed more devious brains but this is not an excuse to exploit and abuse other species. Cruelty is sickening to a highly evolved society. Perpetrating abuse of wildlife demonstrates just what underdeveloped morality and sensitivity those who do it – and those who PAY to watch it – have.

  250. Xenia · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    To whom it may concern,

    Please stop using animals, who are often endangered, in circuses. This inhumane treatment of these animals is out of place in the modern world.

  251. christine dunn · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    This has got to stop now!!!!

  252. Emma Cratchley · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I totally support this bill, wild animals should not be paraded around for human entertainment, they should be in the wild where they belong. We learn absolutely nothing from captive animals as they do not display any natural behavior, keeping them locked up is extremely unnatural!

  253. Thom Duffy · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I support the circus bill that protects the rights of animals from cruelty and mistreatment.

  254. Sherry Pedro · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    No more circus acts and no more cruelty to any animal, large or small.

  255. Jacquelynn Kane · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I LIVE in PA, I do not understand why when I click onto your story to contact my Senator & State Rep – I’m redirected to sign into my Microsoft account??? I should not have to use my username and password to sign into my Microsoft account. What is this?

    1. ADI Admin Post author· 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

      Hi Jacquelynn, try the link now – it should work for you.

  256. Sherie haines · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    I would like to know who actually visits these circuses !?!?
    And is it really that profitable ? , is it worth all of the pain and suffering caused to these prisoners ? .

  257. meha · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals were NOT born for human entertainment- stop animal circuses now!!

  258. Karen · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Animals are not entertainment.

  259. Lulu · 11 March 2015 at 9:54a

    Horrible! The poor animals are literally sitting on top of one another because they have no room. These amazing animals deserve much more than this! Do these trainers/handlers have no hearts?!

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