Shut Down Traveling Circus Act Accused of Abusing Tigers

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Close down ShowMe Tigers, a traveling circus act accused of abusing their tigers.

Circuses have long been known for treating their animals cruelly. The creatures are frequently chained, beaten and kept in small cages for the vast majority of their lives. The popular Ringling Bros circus just gave its final performances, but there are still other circuses out there mistreating animals. ShowMe Tigers is not a circus itself, but a traveling act that circuses hire. An investigation by the Humane Society reported that their tigers are kept in cages with only 13 square feet each, and that they’re regularly whipped and beaten with sticks.

There are official legal standards of care for circus animals, but too often these standards go unmet and the perpetrators are not punished for the harm they inflict on innocent animals. Tigers should be fed a varied diet and vitamin supplements, yet at ShowMe Tigers they were allegedly fed exclusively raw chicken. The tigers were also reportedly kept in below freezing temperatures, suggesting again that they are not being respected and treated as living beings but instead as products. Sign this petition to shut down ShowMe Tigers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perdue,

The animals at some large circuses may not be suffering through abuse anymore, but the big cats at ShowMe Tigers still are. These beautiful cats require a lot of space, specialized diets and enrichment activities to lead healthy lives in captivity. They are not receiving that, but instead are being savagely beaten, according to the Humane Society as reported in their recent investigation. The tigers are also allegedly having food withheld some days, and enduring below freezing temperatures with nothing but an inch of bedding.

Tigers performing for ShowMe Tigers have reportedly been seen flinching and cowering, clearly traumatized by prior abuse, and proper veterinary care has allegedly been neglected in at least one known case. Other accusations made against ShowMe Tigers include that no vitamins are given to the tigers, that their diets are not being varied at all so they are most likely nutritionally deficient in several areas, and that they aren’t let out of their tiny cages to exercise except for when they’re performing and training. In one two minute period, a tiger was reportedly whipped more than thirty times. Please take action to shut down this cruel circus act for good.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: J. Patrick Fischer

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15 Comments

  1. All circuses should be shut down regardless of how nice or abusive they are to the animals.

  2. Please people…BOYCOTT ANY ANIMAL SHOW!

  3. Caryl Sawyer says:

    The USDA , whether Republican or Democratic admin, has never made any genuine effort to stop animal cruelty. There is no reason to think Perdue will be any different. Whomever is in charge has been interested only in preening and doing favors for friends.

    • Exactly! The only way we can really shut down these houses of horror is to stop going to them. Honestly, do not show up, tell your friends to stop going to these shows and nag your family into seeing the truth and just don’t go – that is what stops this. The USDA and Mr Perdue (who I believe really hates animals) do not care about these tigers or any other animal, they care about their campaign donors and big business, period.

  4. kay allan says:

    IN THIS DAY AND AGE THERE SHOULD BE KNOW SUCH THING AS A CIRCUS, THEY ARE VILE SICKENING THINGS AND PEOPLE REALLY SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE SEEING WHEN AN ANIMAL HAS TO DO TRICKS TO PLEASE THEM, IT IS NOT NORMAL, SO PLEASE SHUT THIS THING DOWN AND LOOK OUT FOR THE ANIMALS.

  5. Circuses are nothing buy traveling cruelty for the animals that are forced to perform for stupid people who enjoy watching animals act like non-animals. This has to stop now!!!!!!!

  6. SHUT DOWN THESE HORROR SHOWS — SEND these magnificent cats to a Sanctuary where they can live normal, happy, healthy, comfy lives.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    More Scum & P. O. S’s who don’t deserve to breathe our air❗️😠
    Signed & shared😡

  8. Jean Schwieger says:

    Where is the proof of all of these allegations? Who has accused him of abusing his animals and all of the other lies in this petition? And who, exactly, started this petition?

    • Well, for starters the Humane Society of America has investigated this guy and his traveling tiger nightmare and found him to be abusive in several ways. Do some research, there’s more.

  9. Stops this madness
    protect animals and save their life – this is the MOST IMPORTANT

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