Target: Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Goal: Praise ban on the use of animals for entertainment in circuses and fairs
Circuses and fairs featuring performing animals and pony rides as attractions will soon be banned from the Spanish city of Malaga. The changes will go into effect in January of 2015, and will be accompanied by the creation of an animal rights protection federation named Tidus after a dog who was burned alive. The group will advocate for further improvements in animal protection legislation where necessary.
Animals used for live entertainment in carnivals and circuses are put under immense stress. During training they are whipped, restrained, beaten with bullhooks, deprived of food, and shocked with electric prods. They are kept in tight quarters and spend most of their time being shipped around in the height of summer heat.
Circus elephants are taken from their mothers at an early age, causing extreme distress. Elephants usually stay with their mothers for at least three years after birth, and are capable of forming strong emotional bonds with one another. Elephants, who grieve for their dead and help their wounded, are thought by some scientists to display the most emotional intelligence of any species in the animal kingdom.
Lax regulation of the entertainment animal industry allows for the abuse and mistreatment of animals to run rampant. One sure way to combat this is by simply not allowing these types of shows. Barcelona, Tarragona, Vitoria, Alicante, and several other Spanish cities have already banned animals from performing in visiting circuses.
Animals used for entertainment are intelligent and often dangerous. Putting them under extreme stress can pose a risk to their mental and physical health, as well as the health of their trainers. Sign the petition below to commend Malaga’s ban on circuses and pony rides.
Dear Mayor Francisco de la Torre,
The city of Malaga will soon implement a ban on animal circus performances and pony rides at fairs. The city will also be appointing an animal rights federation, which will advocate for the improvement of animal protection legislation.
Before going on stage, entertainment animals endure grueling and torturous training. They are often starved, beaten, shocked, restrained, and whipped in order to ensure compliance with their trainers.
Circus animals can be highly intelligent and even sentient creatures, and deserve to be treated with respect. We, the undersigned, applaud your refusal to support the cruel animal entertainment industry.
[Your Name Here]
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