Stop Circus Suffering


Please help break the chain

Urge the following venues to cancel upcoming circus performances and/or make it their policy not to host future events using wild animals. A template letter for your use/personalization is available here.

Southgate Industrial Park, 5 South Drive, Mount Carmel, IL 62863

Who: Culpepper and Merriweather Circus
When: April 22-23, 2023
Contact: Joe Judge, Mayor,,(618) 262-4822

Western Illinois Threshers Grounds, 1570 North Co Road 900, Hamilton, IL 62341

Who: Culpepper and Merriweather Circus
When: August 19, 2022
Contact: Ed Hartweg, (217) 845-3041
​Social: Facebook

Exposition Gardens Outdoor Arena, 1601 W. Northmoor Rd, Peoria, IL 61614

Who: Carden Circus
When: June 10-11, 2022
Contact:, (309) 691-6332
​Social: Facebook

Illinois State Fairgrounds, 455 Executive Drive, Du Quoin, IL 62832

Who: Carden Circus
When:  June 4-5, 2022
Contact: Josh Gross,, 618-542-1351
​Social: Facebook, Twitter

Marion County Fairgrounds, 1800 Fairground Rd, Salem, IL 62881

Who: Carden Circus
When: June 2-3, 2022
Contact:, (618) 548-1251
Social: Facebook

McDonough County 4-H Center, 3028 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 29, 2021
Contact:, (309) 837-3939
Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Rock Island County Fair – Copeland Building, 4200 Archer Dr, East Moline, IL 61244

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 27-28, 2021
Contact:, (309) 796-1620
Social: Facebook, Instagram

Knox County Fairgrounds, 1392 Knox Hwy 9, Knoxville, IL 61448

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 22, 2021
Contact:, (309) 289-2714
Social: Facebook, Instagram

Morgan County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 110 N Westgate Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650

Who: Carden Circus
When: August 20-21, 2021
Contact:, (217) 245-6800
Social: Facebook

McLean County Fairgrounds West Expo, 1106 Interstate Dr, Bloomington, IL 61705

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 18-19, 2021
Contact:, (309) 663–6497
Social: Facebook, Twitter

LaSalle County Fairgrounds, 1578 4-H Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 17, 2021
Contact:, 815-433-0707
Social: Facebook

Kankakee County Fair Expo Center, 213 W. 4000S Rd., Kankakee, IL 60901

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 16, 2021
Contact:, (815) 932-6714
Social: Facebook

Livingston County Ag Fairgrounds, 18142 4h Park Rd, Pontiac, IL 61764

Who: Circus Funtastic
When: August 15, 2o21
Contact: Rick Tucker,, (815) 674-1444
Social: Facebook

David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W Main St, Danville, IL 61832

Who: Carden Circus
When: August 14, 2021
Contact: Joe Dunagan,  (217) 431-2424
Social:  Facebook, Twitter

Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S Randall Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174

Who: Brunon Blaszak’s Royal Tiger Show
When: July 14-18, 2021
Contact: or, 630-584-6926
Social: Facebook



  1. Judy Merrick · 21 June 2021 at 2:23a

    Email sent to all

  2. John · 21 June 2021 at 2:23a

    We have to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and be the voice for the voiceless.

  3. Jerry Swarzman · 21 June 2021 at 2:23a

    Animals are not to be used for entertainment.

    FREE THEM!!!

  4. Doris Shultz · 21 June 2021 at 2:23a

    Illinois passed a law that does not allow elephants in any traveling circus. If Carden Circus is bringing elephants into Illinois they need to be fined and prosecuted. As a country we need to outlaw all traveling circuses and outlaw taking advantage of all wild animals in circuses, roadside “circuses and/or zoos”. Animals at these places are going through pure torture. Living in small cages, chained with little room to move, tied up for hours, lack of regular water or food, lack of room to run around to stretch their muscles and ligaments. This is crazy for this to continue into the 21st century.

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