Target: Matt Walsh, Mayor of Council Bluffs, Iowa
Goal: Only allow animal-free events at the Mid-America Center.
Recently the Mid-America Center, an Iowa based arena, hosted a circus that featured a cruel bear show. The bear show, called Castle’s Bears, has allegedly abused and neglected its animals. It is time to stop supporting this cruel form of entertainment.
Video footage shows that Castle’s Bears tether, muzzle, poke and prod its animals. One bear who was forced to walk on her front legs was so terrified and stressed that she peed herself. Animals used for entertainment are often trained using cruel techniques including hitting, bullhooks, electric prods, withholding food and tethering.
These animals belong in the wild, not in crowded, loud arenas. Sign this petition and demand that the Mid-America Center only host animal-free events.
Dear Mayor Walsh,
Recently the Mid-America Center hosted a circus that featured Castle’s Bears. The bears used in this show have allegedly been abused and neglected, and it is time to stop supporting this cruel form of entertainment.
Video footage shows that Castle’s Bears tether, muzzle, poke and prod their animals. One bear peed herself while being forced to walk on her front legs due to stress and nerves. These bears are not the only ones who suffer. Animals imprisoned in the entertainment industry, including zoos, circuses and other animal shows, suffer mentally and physically every day. They are often denied food, beaten, hit, shocked, tethered, trapped in small cages and denied proper veterinary care.
Please consider no longer allowing events that use animals at your arena. These animals belong in the wild, surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, friends and land to run through. Instead they are denied everything natural to them and are forced into loud, crowded arenas.
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Photo credit: Bin im Garten