Stop Circus Suffering

Zebras escape circus in Oakland

Take action for UniverSoul’s circus animals now!

Two zebras escaped from UniverSoul Circus in March 2016, running through traffic in Oakland, California. Zebras escaped the same circus in West Philadelphia in November 2015, running amok for 45 minutes.

Wild animals don’t belong in circuses in city centers. ADI previously urged Oakland Council to ban all wild animals in circuses due to the inherent cruelty and public safety risks. UniverSoul tigers have reportedly escaped twice before. It’s foolish to expect severely stressed, abused animals will never lash out or try to escape.

Take action for UniverSoul’s circus animals now!


Contact Oakland Mayor and City Council. Remind them of the dangerous incident where zebras were running through Oakland traffic and politely ask them to consider an ordinance that will ban all wild animals from traveling circuses.

Mayor Libby Schaaf
phone: (510) 238-3141

Councilmember Dan Kalb
(510) 238-7001

Councilmember Abel Guillén c/o Jennie Gerard, Chief of Staff
Phone: 510-238-7002

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney c/o Alex Marqusee, Legislative Analyst

Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
(510) 238-7004

Councilmember Noel Gallo
(510) 238-7005

Councilmember Desley A. Brooks
(510) 238-7006

Councilmember Larry Reid
(510) 238-7007

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
(510) 238-7008

UniverSoul Circus’s next stop is Carson, California. Contact Carson Mayor and Council and let them know of the recent zebra escape and urge them to cancel the wild animals from these upcoming performances for the protection of the public and the animals.

Carson Mayor Albert Robles
Phone: (310) 952-1700

Mayor Pro Tempore Elito M. Santarina
Phone: (310) 952-1700 Ext. 1000

Council Member Lula Davis-Holmes
Phone: (310) 952-1700 Ext. 1000

Council Member Jawane Hilton
Phone: (310) 952-1700 Ext. 1715


  1. lorraine r cecere · 4 April 2016 at 4:24a

    Do not blame the animal when someone gets hurt!! The greedy and ignorant are to blame.

  2. Angelika T. · 4 April 2016 at 4:24a

    Please ban the use of wild animals in US circuses. Animals, wild animals in particular, are not made for men’s entertainment or amusement. Please help leave and put them back where they belong or release them to an appropriate wildlife sanctuary, where they can enjoy the rest of their lives in peace. Thank you.

  3. ana · 4 April 2016 at 4:24a

    who knows … you might come as a circus animal on your next life ….

  4. Patti Shackelford · 4 April 2016 at 4:24a


  5. Alison Scott · 4 April 2016 at 4:24a

    The poor animals must have been terrified.It’s high time there was a ban put on animals being used in circuses. Circuses are for children why let them believe it’s right to exploit beautiful creatures.

Leave a comment on this story

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.