Praise Closure of Cruel Animal Circus

Target: Noble John B. Watkins, President of the Orillia, Ontario Shrine Club

Goal: Applaud decision to end circus which used captive animals for entertainment.

Due to increasing pressure by animal welfare activists, the Orillia Shrine Club will no longer be hosting its annual circus. The show has seen a drop in attendance over the years due to its use of animals. Instead, the Shrine Club will be focusing on a different way to raise funds for children’s hospitals, including an Oktoberfest event.

According to organizers, public pressure was a major factor in the decision. They claim that while the animals featured in the circus were treated well, the ongoing controversy surrounding captive animals used as entertainment was too great to ignore.

Animals held in captivity and forced to perform in circuses face both mental and physical anguish. Elephants, which have been used by the circus in previous years, are taken from their mothers at a young age. They are chained, starved, and beaten during the training process. These intelligent animals are often kept isolated and unable to move around for much of the time they are not performing.

This decision is on-trend with other circuses deciding to nix animal acts, most notably, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Public opinion is increasingly against the enslavement of animals for entertainment, and this decision shows that the Shrine Club is paying attention to that. Sign the petition below to applaud this decision, which sets a shining example for others to follow.


Dear Noble Watkins,

The Orillia Shrine Club recently decided to close its animal circus in favor of other, cruelty-free, fundraising alternatives. The decision follows increasing public pressure to stay away from animal acts, which encourage cruelty toward captive animals.

Animals used in circuses often face intense mistreatment. Some, such as elephants, are taken from their mothers at young ages and kept chained and isolated for much of their lives. During training, they can be starved, beaten with bullhooks, and otherwise abused.

Moving on from an animal circus to alternative forms of fundraising shows that the Orillia Shrine Club is taking the welfare of animals and the opinion of the public into account. We, the undersigned, applaud this compassionate decision, which could lead to other Shrine Clubs following suit.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Linda Amundson says:

    This is good news. However, it’s a myth that the Shrine Circuses raise money for children’s hospitals. The money from the circuses is used for organization expenses, NOT for children’s hospitals. Fact. People falsely believe that their helping children by going to the Shrine Circus. That’s not the case at all.

  2. super news, i only hope all the animals have a better life from now on,

  3. A step in the right direction by this circus and other circuses which have chosen to listen to the people’s demand for animal and cruelty-free circuses. This is the way to a more humane world.

  4. I live in the uk and animal circus have been outlawed . And have been for many years . Circus are still touring the country in plenty . No animals in sight . Clowns trapeze artists . Acrobats .hula hoops dancers ect ect . Since the banning of animals the circuses have become more popular . Win for the circuses and a victory for our beautiful animals and the hellish life they endured . Come on the rest of the world . Ban the animals and allow them to live as they were intended . .

    • Really?????? As of May last year live animal circuses were still roaming much of the UK except Scotland where they are banned.

      I signed many petitions organised by locals when they found out circuses were coming to their town. Some towns won some didn’t but these cicuses were alive and determined to continue. The BBC1 One Show even had Chipperfield on their show promoting itself.


  6. So what is going to happen to these animals? Have sanctuaries been found?

    • I highly doubt we can rely upon ANY of these circuses to do the RIGHT things for the victims of their abuse and exploitation…not without a lot MORE pressure from the public. So yes, we all need to be demanding an answer to that question!

  7. It’s about frickin time! But I believe only the decline in PROFITS for their damn circuses made them finally cave.

    When the Shriners called looking for donations well over a decade ago, I told them I would NEVER support any organization that used and abused animals, INCLUDING their horrific skin BURN research on piglets, where they set baby pigs on fire! (I believe they still do this) and that this was my stance, regardless of the fact that my sibling had received some helpful services as a child, from one of the Shriner’s hospitals that had existed then.

    The Shriners were also caught using LAP DANCERS at one of their functions many years later, so are also oppressive to WOMEN.

    They are a morally bankrupt lot all-round, and hence deserve NO funding in any form, nor any hearty thanks for finally ending the use and abuse of all the poor animals in their unconscious ‘entertainment’ arm. Until they end ALL forms and means of torturing animals, and using women as objects, they’ll get no thanks from ME!

  8. Teresa Mancuso says:

    Thank you for doing the right thing on behalf of all those animals.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗?

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