Don’t Allow Circus Animals to Suffer for Entertainment

circus-by-dirkjan-ranzijn

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: DirkJan Ranzijn

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4 Comments

  1. Elaine Robinson says:

    Using animals in circuses has been stamped out in England
    WORLD WIDE BAN BRING IN

  2. These poor animals are not SLAVES! it’s so sad to watch this photo because human didn’t evolve, he just replaced his abused puppets, sorry for these poor tigers and others who didn’t ask nothing like always but are forced and always forced to horrible things for horrible monsters. I really hope someday all this exploitation and abuse/trade/industry which use animals will end. Don’t Allow Circus Animals to Suffer for Entertainment AND FOR ANYTHING ELSE THANK YOU IT’S NO MORE FUNNY NOW WE UNDERSTOOD We’re in 2016, replace the animals by robots and plant products

  3. Denise Baudin says:

    GREEDY people use and abuse animals in stupid circuses/zoos.
    All these ABUSEMENT facilities MUST BE BANNED.

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

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