Cancel Appearance of Allegedly Abused Circus Elephants

Target: Pete Fisch, Guest Experience and Venue Management of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Goal: Cancel plans with Garden Bros. Circus due to its cruel animal acts.

Garden Bros. Circus is currently on tour with elephants provided by Carson & Barnes Circus and has plans to appear at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Both circuses have allegedly abused and neglected their animals and it is time to stop supporting these cruel companies.

An informer claimed that Garden Bros. Circus’ manager, Zachary Garden, often beats the animals, denies them veterinary care, and denies them food. Allegedly, Mr. Garden once hit a zebra so hard with a long stick with a blunt, metal end that the zebra fell to knees and then on his side. In addition, Carson & Barnes Circus’ head trainer was caught on tape beating his elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods. The elephants can be heard screaming in pain.

Sign this petition and demand the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum cancel its plans with Garden Bros. Circus. No animals should be abused and exploited for human entertainment.


Dear Mr. Fisch,

The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is planning on hosting the Garden Bros. Circus, which is known to abuse and neglect its animals.

A whistle-blower claimed that the manager of Garden Bros. Circus, Zachary Garden, often beats the animals, withholds food from them, and denies them veterinary care when they need it most. Allegedly, Mr. Garden once hit a zebra so hard that the animal fell to his knees and then completely over. In addition, the elephants that are traveling with Garden Bros. Circus were provided by Carson & Barnes Circus which also has a history of abuse and neglect. The head trainer of Carson & Barnes Circus was caught on tape beating his elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods. One can hear the elephants screaming in pain in the video.

Please consider no longer hosting the Garden Bros. Circus. They show no respect or compassion to their animals and it is incredibly cruel. No animal should suffer and be exploited for human entertainment. At the very least, please only allow the circus to perform if it does so without its animal acts.


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  1. Renee Risser says:


  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals. If an animal is sick they should endeavour to cure it; if it is hungry, they should feed it; if it is thirsty, they should satisfy its thirst; if it is tired, they should give it rest”.….” the universe of God is a wonderful theatre upon the stage of which every created thing plays its part.”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
    PLEASE ban these heinous circuses.Don’t support animal abuse.

  3. TRACY JOSEPH says:

    Have we not learnt a thing yet! Now listen carefully… CIRCUSES ABUSE ANIMALS!!!!….Yes ALL CIRCUSES…Abuse is needed to train these animals to do the tricks they perform. Therefore ALL circuses should be closed down. IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS. So what is the problem…Why are they still open and performing

  4. these circus people need to learn how to rescepct and care for the animals not treat them cruel circus people need to be hit with a medal bar and listen to the animals yes close down all the circuses the animals are the ones making the money for those people if they cant love and care for the animals they need to be closed down,

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