Success: Community Center Cancels Animal Shows


Target: Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu, Hawaii

Goal: Praise mayor for refusing to host the Moscow International Circus’ dangerous animal performances

Following a recent ForceChange petition, the Neal S. Blaisdell Community Center in Honolulu, Hawaii has decided to exclude animals from its October 2014 show. Originally, the venue had planned to host the Moscow International Circus’s famed tiger acts, but amidst vocal protests and reminders of a previous tragedy that occurred at the center, event organizers have wisely changed their decision.

In 1994, a young elephant named “Tyke” managed to escape circus handlers during a show at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Tyke trampled a trainer to death, critically injured a publicist who tried to impede the animal’s escape, and rampaged down Honolulu streets for half an hour. The local police were ultimately forced to stop the animal by shooting it to death in full view of the public. Countless children sustained psychological trauma following the horrific incident. Since then, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center promised to never host animal acts—elephant or otherwise—ever again.

By retracting its recent agreement with Moscow International Circus and maintaining its “no animal” policy, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center is taking crucial steps to protect both circus animals and patrons. Although the circus agreed to omit elephants from the fall show, it would still be debuting tigers, which are just as dangerous and unpredictable as elephants. PETA estimates that in the United States a tiger kills one person and injures 10 more every year on average.

Join us in praising Honolulu’s mayor and the Neal S. Blaisdell Center for canceling the upcoming acts. Circus training is an inherently cruel and inhumane profession, and any opportunity to prevent animal performances should always be supported.


Dear Mayor Caldwell,

Thank you for working to cancel the upcoming animal performances scheduled for October 2014 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Community Center. Circus training is a brutal process that involves torturing frightened, captive creatures. Sadly, this lethal combination of fear and abuse resulted in the tragic 1994 elephant rampage that left one person dead, another injured, and an innocent animal shot to death. We thank you for never forgetting that dreadful day and for sticking to your “no animal” policy.

Although Moscow International Circus agreed to omit elephants from your show, wild cats can be just as aggressive and volatile as elephants. In fact, PETA claims that tigers injure 10 people every year on average in the United States. Regrettably, the vicious mauling of Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy) is ample proof of this statistic. Your wise decision to exclude all live animals from performing is both responsible and noble. Hopefully other establishments realize the humane decision you have made and follow your compassionate example.


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Photo credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

Original petition: Urge Community Center to Cancel Dangerous Animal Performances

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  1. caryl sawyer says:

    Slowly people are becoming aware that animal rights people are not a fringe element in society, and that we have money to spend or not spend.


  3. Michaele Kustudic says:

    Thank you for your humane and commendable decision not to allow shows which exploit wild animals which should be allowed to live their natural lives in their natural settings. There are plenty of talented humans (think, Cirque du Soleil, for example) who are perfectly capable of providing entertainment and thrills, voluntarily, for human audiences, instead of exploiting captive wild animals.

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