Target: Circus performer and Operator Thomas Chipperfield
Goal: Stop allegedly exploiting lions and tigers for entertainment.
Thomas Chipperfield, known as “Britain’s last lion tamer,” is touring his new show called “An Evening with Lions and Tigers.” This show is allegedly essentially Chipperfield forcing the animals through hoops and other abusive and cruel stunts. Chipperfield’s lions, Assegai and Tsavo, and his tigers, Nadia, Altai, and Syas, allegedly live in a tight cage in the back of a truck called the “beast wagon.” Animal Defenders International has reportedly seen the Chipperfield cats expressing repetitively concerning behavior that indicates the inadequacy of their unhealthy environment.
Veterinarians have expressed their concern about the tigers’ lives being severely compromised. These behaviors have only ever been seen by animals in captivity, and are unheard of in naturally wild animals. Authorities are not the only ones concerned, and a large public outcry has already spread in the form of other petitions. Over 12,000 people signed the petition that successfully urged Herefordshire Country Show to cancel a planned Chipperfield performance, and the over 54,000 that opposed the show in Wrexham attracted widespread news and media exposure. Help end these animals’ suffering once and for all and end the Thomas Chipperfield Show.
Dear Thomas Chipperfield,
Animal training and care is an incredibly difficult job. It takes great determination and dedication to care for and train large wild cats like lions and tigers, and I appreciate how seriously you have taken this challenge. But I’m concerned that your animals are not safe in the confinement they’re being kept in or from the treatment they’ve been given. As an animal owner I am sure that you have a very personal and emotional bond with your animals, and the only way these animals can ever be happy and healthy is off the road and off the stage.
Animals Defenders International reportedly documented your cats expressing strange behaviors in your shows that indicate serious physical and mental health issues due to their environment and treatment. I don’t doubt your care for these cats, but the care you are giving now is not enough to keep your animals alive. Wild animals are not meant to travel around the world performing tricks, and forcing them to do so is simply exploitation. Please do the right thing for your animals and stop your tour and performances immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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