Oppose Cruel Animal Circuses

Target: Chris Smith, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International

Goal: End the use of animal acts in all Shriners’ circuses.

Shriners International has chapters all over the world and it is known for its annual circuses. Unfortunately, many of the chapters still use animals in their circuses. Demand Shriners International live up to its motto of being “dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others” by dropping cruel animal acts.

Animals trapped in the circus are basically denied everything natural to them. They are often taken from the wild away from their families, kept in small cages for extended periods of time, and put through a grueling training process that typically involves abuse and neglect. The animals are forced to do ridiculous tricks in front of large, loud crowds which are physically and mentally debilitating.

Sign this petition and demand Shriners International ban animal acts in all the circuses in each chapter. These animals belong in the wild, not trapped in the circus putting on shows for humans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Smith,

Shriners International is “dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others,” however, chapters all over the world still use animals in their circuses. Forcing animals to perform ridiculous tricks is far from compassionate and it is time to stop this unnecessary cruelty.

Animals used in the circus suffer mentally and physically. They are often kept in small cages for extended periods of time and go through a grueling training process that typically involves abuse and neglect. They are trained to do unnatural and uncomfortable tricks, sometimes in absurd outfits, while a large crowd chants and jeers.

Please consider banning animal acts in all Shriners’ circuses. These animals belong in the wild, playing with friends and soaking up sunshine, not forced to entertain humans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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51 Comments

  1. Elaine Milbourn says:

    It is long past time that all circuses were outlawed. We have moved on and are meant to be civilised but when animals are used and abused in this way it appears we still have a long way to go. Any decent human being should not tolerate this appalling treatment of animals. Animals are not here for bizarre entertainment and profit and should be allowed to live out their lives as nature intended, or at the very least, in a sanctuary where they can be cared for properly and where they are not expected to perform ridiculous tricks.

  2. This is not natural for these beautiful animals. They belong in the wild and should be protected from humans. STOP this NOW

  3. Anne Moeller says:

    Move all of these animals to reliable sanctuaries and then let the Shriners do the tricks!!

  4. A better idea would be to see these humans living in the same conditions and doing tricks to look like animals i would pay good money to see it. And dont forget the torture instruments

  5. renate botzler says:

    Nature treats back now
    Take responsibility for your Being on Earth

  6. These gorgeous animals are not here to entertain humans. In order for them to “perform” these tricks they have been made to things they would not normally do.

    It is just plain cruelty.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & sharing.

  8. Annette Johnson says:

    Animals are NOT intended to be used for ENTERTAINMENT!!! PLEASE STOP THESE HORRIFIC CIRCUSES FOR DOING SUCH CRUEL, ABUSIVE, UNNATURAL THINGS TO THEM!!! THIS IS NOT THE WAY THEY ARE INTENDED TO LIVE!!!

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