Demand Fair Stop Giving Live Animals as Prizes


Target: Brian Ellsworth, General Manager of Georgia State Fair

Goal: Stop the Georgia State Fair from giving away live fish, crabs, and iguanas as prizes.

At the Georgia State Fair, many booths give away live animals as prizes. These animals include fish, hermit crabs and iguanas. It is irresponsible to give away live animals to people when it cannot be determined whether or not they would be responsible owners.

Many of the people who win these animals are not prepared to take in a pet. This often results in the animal being neglected, thrown into the wild, or being bounced around from house to house. It is unfair to cause this unnecessary stress upon these animals.

Sign this petition and demand the Georgia State Fair stop giving away live animals as pets. There are many other alternatives, like stuffed animals, that could be used as prizes.


Dear Mr. Ellsworth,

It has come to my attention that the Georgia State Fair gives away live animals as prizes. These animals include iguanas, hermit crabs, and fish. It is irresponsible to give away live animals to people who are not deemed responsible enough to take care of a living being.

While these animals may seem small, they are unique in their own ways and thrive in the wild rather than tanks. As pets, these animals are often neglected, set into the wild, or bounced around from house to house. This causes lots of stress to these animals and could even result in death.

Please consider no longer using live animals as prizes at your fair. There are many more humane alternatives, including stuffed animals, that would make children just as happy.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. The CRIME is in thinking that small lives have no value…or feeling. It’s time that cruelty with respect to live animal giveaways is banned across the board, at fairs and all other entertainment venues, living things easily replaced with humane, cruelty-free prizes. No big deal and not a problem, so what’s the hold up (profit on the part of animal suppliers, a part of the process, should not stand in the way…) What’s the hold up…

  2. Cynthia Mattera says:

    These are living creatures, NOT PRIZES!! PLEAE, do the right thing and Stop giving away living, breathing animals!!!!

  3. The Georgia State Fair is indirectly causing more problem to society and for the government by conducting such senseless events. There is nothing unique about the idea of giving away live animals as prizes. In fact, it both cruel and irresponsible on your part as a GM to allow this to happen and treat animals like they are some kind of ornaments.

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