Target: Cedric Walker, president of UniverSoul Circus
Goal: Demand that UniverSoul Circus stop using animals in their shows.
Despite repeated allegations of animal abuse, UniverSoul Circus continues to use elephants, tigers, and other animals in their shows. Elephants are allegedly forced to parade around on stage and dance on stools under the threat of painful bullhooks. During their act, tigers are dangled in suspended cages while bright lights shine on them and loud music plays, apparently terrifying the animals.
Offstage, UniverSoul also has many problems. UniverSoul is reportedly traveling with two elephants who have had over five years of reactive tuberculosis tests, which means they are most likely carrying TB. If they do become positive for tuberculosis, they could expose the audience, other animals, trainers, and arena workers to the disease.
UniverSoul also has a history of working with trainers who have records of Animal Welfare Act violations. Their current big-cat exhibitor was cited twice in four months for not providing adequate space and exercise for his animals. He allegedly keeps his tigers in cages that are so small they can’t adjust their posture.When UniverSoul is on the road, the tigers are reportedly kept in these minuscule cages 24 hours a day.
One of UniverSoul’s main competitors, Ringling Brothers, decided to close earlier this year, showing that the public is no longer interested in seeing animals perform tricks under the threat of punishment. UniverSoul has plenty of great human acts, and so there is no reason to continue forcing animals to perform dangerous and terrifying tricks. Sign this petition to urge UniverSoul Circus to end its cruel animal acts once and for all.
Dear Mr. Walker,
I’m writing to urge you to end the use of animals in your circus. UniverSoul has repeatedly angered animal welfare organizations by working with trainers who have records of Animal Welfare Act violations. Your current big-cat exhibitor allegedly keeps his tigers in cages 24 hours a day, and the cages are so small the animals cannot even turn around.
UniverSoul made headlines when two of its elephants were found to be reactive to tuberculosis tests. This shows that they may be positive for the disease, which they could spread to circus-goers, other animals, and trainers. Then, UniverSoul made the news again when two zebras escaped and ran amok on the streets of Philadelphia. This is the not kind of publicity your circus needs if it is going to continue to thrive.
With the closure of Ringling Brothers Circus, it’s clear that the public’s appetite for animal acts has disappeared. UniverSoul can produce a wonderful show using only humans who are voluntarily performing. Please end your animal acts, and instead, focus on creating a great show with your human performers.
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