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!
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.