Target: Kevin Shea of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services of the USDA
Goal: Remove all animals from circus that continues to force elephants and other wild animals to perform for profit.
Elephants and tigers are still held captive and forced to do tricks at a Shrine Circus in Minnesota, despite protests by animal activists. St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus continues to make elephants, lions, tigers and other animals perform for human entertainment. Moreover, Brian Franzen, who owns the elephants at Osman Shrine Circus, has been cited numerous times by the USDA for failing to provide adequate nutrition, hygiene and veterinary care for his animals. He has reportedly also been convicted of cruelty to animals when several emaciated ponies were found in a filthy trainer.
According to Rachel Mathews, counsel for the Captive Animal Law Enforcement division of PETA, “Abuse has no place at a family-friendly event like a Shrine Circus.” An increasing number of audience members, including one quoted by the StarTribune, admit that they would rather attend cruelty-free events and that attending a circus without animals would still make for an enjoyable experience.
Urge the USDA to require that St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus replace its animal acts with human performers and retire all its animals to suitable sanctuaries.
Dear Mr. Shea,
St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus continues to force elephants, lions, tigers and other animals to perform in its shows. This is despite the cruelty involved in keeping wild animals captive and training them to perform unnatural tricks. Moreover, the USDA has repeatedly cited and convicted Brian Franzen, who owns the elephants at the Osman Shrine Circus, of animal cruelty against ponies, tigers, elephants and other animals.
Circus-goers prefer cruelty-free entertainment and readily admit that a circus without animals would still be an enjoyable attraction. I urge you to require St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus to replace all its animal acts with human performers and to retire all animals to suitable sanctuaries.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: DirkJan Ranzijn