Stop Circus Suffering

Week of action against circus suffering!

Help end the suffering of wild animals in circuses across the US and take part in our Week of Action Against Circus Suffering from July 21st – 25th, 2014. Join in and spread the word!

Tigers in a trailer. Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus.

We need YOU to help wild animals that are caged, chained and confined in circuses across the US. Make a date for your diary and take part in our Week of Action Against Circus Suffering from July 21st – 25th, 2014. Behind the bright lights and colorful costumes, the traveling circus hides a horrible secret. Wild animals are forced to endure confinement; long, arduous journeys; brutal control methods; and physical violence. The tools of the circus trade – used to control and coerce wild animals to perform unnatural tricks – are bullhooks (a heavy bar with a sharpened point and hook), stun guns, electric prods, metal bars, whips, deprivation of food and water, and intimidation. Circuses with wild animals are not safe for people either.  Members of the public and circus staff have been maimed and even killed. Dramatically illustrating the risks people face, ADI has recently released undercover footage of an explosive fight between elephants used for children’s rides. Workers try unsuccessfully to control them with bullhooks, metal bars and stun guns. Take part in our Week of Action Against Circus Suffering! From July 21st – 25th groups and individuals across the US will be flooding Congress with calls and emails urging their Representatives to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 4525), a landmark federal bill introduced by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) that aims to protect elephants, tigers, bears and other wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses, by prohibiting their use. Please join them!

  • Send an email message to your Representative in Congress (you can look up their details here). Keep your message brief, polite, and ask them to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 4525.
  • Follow up with a quick call to Congress. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative’s office.  See below for our calling tips. (Please do not call your Senator at this time as a companion bill in the Senate has not yet been introduced.)
  • We want to hear from you! Please contact ADI and let us know the response you get from your Representative so that we can effectively advance this important legislation.
  • Find out more about TEAPA, our campaign to stop circus suffering in the US and how you can get involved

Tips for calling your Representative:

  • Identify yourself and ask to speak with the staff/aide assigned to issues regarding wildlife and the humane care of animals.
  • Take note of their name and ask the aide to please pass along a message to your Representative that you are encouraging them to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 4525).
  • You may want to share some examples of why this bill is needed:
    • H.R. 4525 is necessary because no amount of expensive regulation will protect a wild animal in a traveling circus from a life of ongoing physical and social deprivation, nor will regulation protect the public from animal escapes and diseases like TB that can be transmitted from animals to people.
    • Wild animals in traveling circuses endure confinement; long, arduous journeys; brutal control methods and physical violence.
    • Traveling circuses pose a serious threat to public safety. Circus workers and members of the public, including children, have been killed and maimed by circus animals, and lions, tigers and elephants have all escaped.
    • Investigations have revealed circus animals are trained through domination using weapons including bullhooks, whips and electric shocking devices.
    • H.R. 4525 is an important animal protection measure that will relieve an enormous amount of suffering, will save resources and protect people. 

Comments

  1. Guadalupe Sarmiento · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    NO WORDS… :'(

  2. Norma Ferretti · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Horrible, teriible crueldad!

  3. Maggie Schafer · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    People need to stop being so stupid as to patronize these awful circuses! PEOPLE – DO NOT TAKE YOUR KIDS OR GO TO THESE CIRCUSES! THEY ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT THEY ARE HORRIBLE ABUSE! If you go to the circus, you are no better than the people who torture these beautiful animals!

  4. Gabriela Klacansky · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I live in Canada how can I help?

    1. ADI Admin Post author· 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

      Hi Gabriela, you can send an email to Lord de Mauley, the Minister responsible, at Defra demauley@parliament.uk. Please ask him to do all he can to help the new bill be passed.

  5. Terri Miller · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    We need some people to stand up for these animals that can’t defend themselves.what is wrong with this country. It doesn’t care about our animals. We need more people involved protection these animals not harming them

    1. Dawn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

      Absolutely agree, we should organize a day of sadness, to reflect on the sad life of wild animals “stolen” from their home and familys into a life of cruelty and pain by the circus people.

  6. THEODORE SPACHIDAKIS · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    STOP circus suffering

  7. marisol · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop circussen met dieren! die horen daar niet thuis! en leven niet op de manier hoe ze horen te leven! dit is mishandeling, en daarom moet dit stoppen!!!!

  8. Dawn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Congress letter sent. Thank you ADI and we won’t give up ! Break every chain !

  9. TRACEY MARTIN · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    THERE MUST BE NO ANIMALS PERFORMING IN CIRCUSES. THIS MUST BE STOPPED WORLDWIDE.

  10. Jill Pesqueira · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please stop supporting this horrible abuse. Elephants grieve and hurt just like humans. This must STOP!

  11. Emily Gibson · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    STOP THE SUFFERING!!!

  12. jess sontag · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop all circus pain n suffering!!!

  13. Claudia · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop this… now!!!

  14. Pat Hofer · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    The US needs to join the other country’s and stop having animals in circus’.

  15. Gaby · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Que tristeza ! Este tema de nunca acabar, gracias a Dios que de a poco creo que se va logrando de a poco, Mexico por ejemplo ya no permite los circos con animales

  16. Jo · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This must stop

  17. Carol Crunkhorn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This is shameful and teaches children only how callous and cruel humans can be towards other creatures. There is no justification for forcing wild animals to behave in ways that are completely alien to them, simply to entertain people and make profits for the circus owners. We want to see animal based circuses banned and education on the ethical treatment of animals encouraged.

  18. Sarah Reynolds · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I can’t even bring myself to watch the video. Every strand of my being cringes with pain and sadness every time I see such blatant disregard for the well being of animals and humans . If I had a large property I would take every one of those poor animals and give them the life they deserve. I am sending out positive thoughts to stop this suffering, that one day animals will be held in the same regard as humans. EQUAL

  19. simone maes · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    NO ANIMALS IN CIRCUS PLEASE

  20. john yates · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Any form of so called entertainment involving animals without exception will involve cruelty in some form or another, thus should be resigned to the realms of history

  21. fitri rahayu · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop animals circus,, free all animal they are better live in wildlife

  22. Joyce · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Children don’t know that the “fun” circus is really a very cruel, ugly and disgusting organization-I didn’t either when I was a child

  23. Eileen Hood · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop circus from using animals. Period.

  24. Kathryn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I’m saddened and appalled of the amount of animals that are abused and tortured in circuses I demand that this is stopped now

  25. Jeanne Naser · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I have no money, and I can hardly look at this imagery, without crying. I hope my signature helps in some way.

  26. cynthia buenrostro · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop circuses!!! Animals belong in their habitats!!!!!!

  27. Kathryn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I am saddened and appalled. Of the amount of animals been hurt and torchered in circuses I demand this is stopped now and legal action is taken on the abusers .

  28. astrid hilfer · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please stop the use and abuse of animals in circuses in all cities, towns, suburbs, everywhere. If the circuses are not allowed to use animals in town they simply move them to another location where they can be used. The abuse is horrific and only you can help it be stopped.

  29. diane zuraski · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I think its time the circus people see what its like to be treated the way they treat these poor animals….

  30. Anne Janssen · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please stop this abuse. Animals do not belong in circuses.

  31. roy koritschoner · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop abuse animals in circus
    They are not belong there
    Stop visit those places

  32. jon lenchner · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Animals are not on this earth for our mindless amusement-End All Animal Abuse & Cruelty, NOW!

  33. Rose Dencklau · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please stop the cruel treatment for all these and other animals across our state. They can’t defend themselves and when they try.. they are considered bad and they are destroyed..this is so sad..

  34. Kami voertman · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please stop this way of life for these animals they deserve to be free or in sanctuaries, this is no kind of life for them

  35. cecilia · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    no more animal cruelty, stop it now.

  36. Debbie Nelson · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Send these animals back to where they belong. Wild and free.

  37. Judy Hovis · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please lets stop circuses. Let all the poor animals go free free in the wild!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Judy Hovis · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

      Please lets stop the circuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let all the poor animals go free free free in the wild!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. melanie · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Sick bastards who do this no animals should be for our entertainment let them free

  39. Isabel Ibarra · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Disgusting!! Animals are not toys that you can just treat inhumanly and not be affected.

  40. erika mansourian · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Thank you, Jan, Tim, and AD-I!
    May I suggest that all of the commenters share the link on your Facebook page and on any elephant group pages you may belong to?

  41. Denise leffers · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop this all over the world

  42. Elsie Nicholls · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Animals are not our slaves, they are free spirits and should remain so, cruelty begins when they are enslaved and forced to perform unnatural acts through very cruel acts by trainers and handlers, these people need to hang their heads in shame, as they are the lowest of the low with hearts of stone. They are empowered by their love of power, greed, and money. Please do not attended any form of animal entertainment or rides, think about the suffering these animals have to endure for your pleasure

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  44. Lee Martinez · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Not “trainers” but abusers and should be prosecuted as such. If they want to “entertain” then develop a skill yourself.

    1. Irene Schoeller · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

      These are lovely creatures forced to perform so WAYYYY out of their element. How dare people expect this of them. How would ‘you feel’?

  45. Jill · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I live in Britain, how can I help ?

  46. Rhana Wyble · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    No wild animals, especially elephants, should be in circuses. No domestic animals either. I will do what ever I can to help free these animals from this torture. I do not want them going from one prison to another.

    NO ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. giuditta bertoni · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I Live in Italy. How Can I help You?

  48. Fereidoon Tary · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Animal are beautiful people, Please stop cruelty.

    1. Fereidoon Tary · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

      Animals are beautiful people, Please stop cruelty.

  49. Laura Redding · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop Torturing them right now, Grow UP and stop it this is horrifically cruel and GREEDY!!!!

  50. Niels · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I live in Belgium, how can I help?

  51. Fabiana bellobono · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop this cruelty now!!! 2014 and we still doing this ????

  52. Judy Flanagan · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Everyone and all zoos, circuses, and places where wild animals are kept are taking a fresh look at how they treat animals. With social media being right there when ‘things’ happen, the world knows about it in real time. There is no place to hide to do what has been done to animals in the past, like rapes, whips, chains, bullhooks, canes, starving animals, and all the rest of pain mankind has placed upon the animal kingdom. Now is the time to rethink, seek safe sanctuaries, and move live animals to the safe sanctuaries and redeem yourselves for the cruelty you’ve caused for many years.

  53. leigh Anna hernandez · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Free the animals!!! Stop cruelty!!!!!

  54. Michelle Blanchard · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    ANIMALS WERE NOT MEANT TO BE TREATED THIS WAY..STOP THE CRUEL AND INHUMANE TREATMENT….LET THESE ANIMALS HAVE THEIR FREEDOM…NO-ONE ENJOYS CIRCUSES ANYMORE ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THESE TYPES OF STORIES ARE COMING OUT…SO GROW UP, AND LET THESE ANIMALS GO!!!! THEY DESERVE TO HAVE A LIFE FREE OF ABUSE FROM GOD WORST CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY-HEARTLESS, POS LIKE THE PEOPLE THAT HURT ANIMALS WHO CAN NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES

  55. frances christenson · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I am appauld that these people would abuse these gentle giants just because they can! One elephant was down and crying!

  56. bi mondien · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    intolérable… quelle triste humanité, j’en ai chialé…

  57. Dee Pelz · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This makes me sick why on earth are we allowing this to happen to these poor animals!
    I will tell everyone i know that might take their children to these to look up the abuse these poor souls suffer and then tell me you still want to go and support these people!

  58. Barbara Peterlin · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I hate circuses because the animals are suffering in cages too long. I know that employees abuse the animals….please shut down the circuses as the animals should be free from boring or tiring cages.

  59. june vanatta · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    my heart is breaking……….this is NOT entertainment!!!! circuses should be BANNED!

  60. Laudnei Delgado · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    how can I help ? I m from São Paulo – Brasil..

    very sad about human been…

  61. NancyLee Corssino · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This is inhumane performances needs to STOP! They are beautiful beings that deserved to be respected

  62. Hennie Bezuidenhout · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Boycott and ban all circuses and zoos urgently!!!

  63. Martha Cecil · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Wild Animals are NOT on earth for our
    entertainment!

    Making them suffer their entire life so we can be entertained for a few minutes.

    People ban together with a strategy strong enough for battle against the archaic and barbaric circuses and traveling zoos.

  64. Martha Cecil · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Facebook: Speak Out for Circus Animals
    Please like and comment.

    Wild Animals are NOT on earth for our
    entertainment!

    I would appreciate it if you will please sign each of these Petitions:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-circuses-with-wild?source=c.em&r_by=10482109

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/615/777/533/tell-nancy-vaughn-to-take-action-in-greensboro-nc-against-ringling-bros-circus/

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/582/267/665/ban-all-circuses-that-have-wild-animals/

    Making them suffer their entire life so we can be entertained for a few minutes.

    People ban together with a strategy strong enough for battle against the archaic and barbaric circuses and traveling zoos.

  65. Dean · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Get animals the hell away from circuses now!It`s cruel and barbaric!They have no business being there!

  66. simone · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    stop animal circus

  67. Amanda Lane · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Animals belong in the wild, using them for human entertainment is despicable.

  68. Jeane Barbosa · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Why people still pay to see animal in circus if they know what happens behind the scenes??? This is unacceptable!

  69. Rose McIver · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please please help release these animals from this prison

  70. Geneva Satterfield · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Put youself in the place of these precious animals!!
    God did not put them here for our amusement! Please free them all !!!!!

  71. Glenn · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This makes me SICK!!! I would like to SHOCK the handler as many times as he shocked those poor Elephants and see how he likes it. The use of animals in the Circus has seen it’s day and those days are over! BOYCOTT ALL CIRCUS!!!

  72. Anita · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, is a humane circus that does not use animals at all. They use the most talented people you will ever see. It’s colorful, beautiful and cruelty free. Do not be an accomplice to animal suffering.

  73. Jeff Lebzelter · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please, Please stop this cruelty and torture to these poor animals. No more circuses for them!!!

  74. Eoghan · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Is there an effective way I can help? Living in Ireland.

  75. sANDY wALTERS · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    THERE IS NO END TO MAN’S CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. WHEN WILL WE GROW UP AND GAIN COMPASSION?

  76. jordan · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    I think it’s sad! Heart breaking! Its u fair! These animals are not ours! We don’t get to use and abuse them! I cannot stand it! It not right! It needs to be stopped!!!

  77. Denisse · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    🙁

  78. Sonia · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Simply horrifying! You see how much they are suffering! Circus with animal should be band and nobody should go and see them until it is band! Shame on you if you go and pay for this!

  79. eleanor labrozzi · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

    “We must fight against the spirit of conscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” Albert Schweitzer, Born January 14, 1875

    “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight”
    ~Albert Schweitzer

    All life should be treated with equality!! Peace!
    “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
    — Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    — Martin Luther King Jr.

    SCIENCE MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR MOST EVILS : BUT IT HAS NOT FOUND A REMEDY FOR THE WORST OF THEM ALL- THE APATHY OF HUMAN BEINGS!

  80. Kim Breakey · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Stop the torture of these innocent majestic creatures. They are NOT ours to abuse. Leave them alone. Give them back to their herds. Boycott all circuses and zoos.

  81. udani bopitiya · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    Please……..don’t do this , they are so lovely ,and innocent animals . DON’T YOU HAVE A HEART .

  82. Kim · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    This brutality against the circus animals needs to STOP. The circus is perpetuating CRUELTY to animals when they mistreat animals in order to “ENTERTAIN” children. This is not ENTERTAINING! This is inhumane, abusive and 100% DISRESPECT to the animals.

  83. Deirdre Schouw · 10 July 2014 at 10:07a

    If animals could speak, humans would weep.

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