Ban Circuses With Elephants and Other Wild Animals

Circus AlejandroLinaresGarcia

Target: Linda Tyer, Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Goal: Ban circuses that abuse wild animals for profit.

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts will soon decide whether or not to ban circuses featuring elephants and other non-domesticated animals. Animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals originally proposed the ban, citing concerns about public health, animal welfare, and weak regulations for traveling circuses.

At a council meeting, several proponents of the ban spoke. One man said that not only do captive animals pose a risk of danger to humans if they escape, but they can transmit life-threatening diseases, such as tuberculosis, to humans. According to the speaker, there were 34 cases of the disease found in elephants in only a decade.

The other obvious issue is the welfare of the animals. Animals such as lions, tigers, elephants, and bears are often subjected to barbaric training methods such as starvation, physical violence, and prolonged chaining. Another speaker passed around a sharp-tipped instrument called a bullhook that is used to beat elephants during training.

Not only do they endure torturous training, they are deprived of any of the enrichment that a natural existence provides. This includes interaction with other animals, a proper diet, and space to roam freely. Where a wild elephant would roam up to 40 miles each day, captive elephants are usually holed up in their enclosures any time they aren’t performing or training.

In order to put a stop to the cruelty rampant in the circus industry, we must stop supporting it. Pittsfield could soon become the latest in a long list of cities and counties that have opted not to support the enslavement of wild animals for human entertainment. Sign the petition below to urge the council to ban wild animal circuses.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Tyer,

Pittsfield will soon decide whether or not to ban circuses featuring non-domesticated animals. These animals, including elephants, lions, tigers, and bears, endure brutal training methods and are kept in cruel confinement for much of their lives. They are exploited for entertainment, and often put to death when no longer profitable.

Without financial support, these circuses will fade away. By joining a growing number of localities banning these cruel shows, you would be doing your part to save thousands of animals across America from exploitation. We, the undersigned, ask that you ban all circuses with non-domestic animals from Pittsfield.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Alejandro Linares Garcia

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11 Comments

  1. “Ban circuses that abuse wild animals for profit.”

    Which circuses DON’T abuse wild animals for profit or otherwise? No circus should have an animal in it.

  2. Bev Woodburn says:

    The abuse of helpless and innocent animals in circuses must be stopped and banned. No circus should be allowed to own,display such innocent and helpless animals just for the thrill of the uncaring crowd and pure GREED
    They all should be sent to trusting sanctuaries where they can live out there lives without the threat of the heartless human species and their pure GREED.

  3. Susan Sperling says:

    why is this only trying to protect non domesticated animals? Domesticated are in circuses too.

  4. end all animal acts at the cruel circus now.

  5. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Let PEOPLE do the entertaining at circuses and leave animals completely out of it! NO animal should be forced to submit to ‘training’ for the pleasure of humans – the Roman Coliseum days are over and gone, thanks to our merciful God! Animals share the earth with us and should always be treated with kindness and compassion!

    • Karen Eicholtz says:

      Referring to the Roman Colosseum regarding the abuse, torture and slaughter of wild animals for human entertainment is perfect. Human beings will have no true standing in this world until they stop “USING” and making other species miserable. All non-human species live alongside humans not to serve man. They have merely evolved on their own evolutionary path; they were not “created” to serve man; that’s some ridiculous notion brought on by certain religious beliefs.
      BTW, know that 5,000 animals were killed on opening day of the Colosseum to a cheering crowd.
      Why was the Colosseum built? The building of the Ancient Roman Colosseum was widely regarded as a political move of the time, intended for entertaining and, possibly more importantly, DISTRACTING Rome’s population from more serious issues of the time such as oligarchy, nepotism and corruption in the senate and church (hmmm, some things don’t change).

  6. WILD ANIMALS DONT BELONG IN ZOOS ANYMORE NOR DO THEY BELONG IN CIRCUSES ANYMORE ITS EXPLOITATION & It HAS NOW GOT TO STOP!!!. WILD ANIMALS OF ANY KIND NEED TO BE BACK ON THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN ENVIROMENT. THEY DO NOT BELONG TO ANYONE < EXCEPT THE WILD & ITS HIGH TIME ALL THESE ZOOS & CIRCUSSES REALISE THAT, THEY NEED TO BE LEFT ALONE. ALL THOSE WHO GO TROPHY HUNTING SHOULD BE BARRED FROM GOING INTO THERE ENVOROMENT IF THEY STOP THEM FROM GOING THEIR MORE ANIMALS WOULD SURVIVE & STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL ALL HUMANS UNLESS PROTECTING HUMANS WHO CARE ABOUT WILD LIFE IS OKAY BUT OTHER THAN THAT BAR ALL OTHERS WHO WANT TO GO THERE OR ANY OTHERS WHO ARE WANTING TO EXPORT WILD ANIMALS THIS SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY.

  7. Cynthia Mattera says:

    NO ANIMALS should be cruelly confined their entire lives, just for our entertainment. Please, ban all living creatures from roadside zoos, zoos, and circus’s.

  8. Beth Knafla says:

    USDA will hopefully be banning these types of circuses and roadside zoo.

    Post your comments, get government to PROTECT EXOTIC ANIMALS!

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0107

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

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