Stop Hosting Cruel Animal Circus Acts

Target: Gary J. Bergenske, Imperial Potentate, Shriners International

Goal: Require all Shrine Circus acts to be animal-free in light of the deaths of circus tigers on the road.

Two tigers who were being used for circus performances by the notorious exhibitor Hawthorn Corporation died within a month of each other, allegedly on the company’s watch. One of the tigers, named Prince, became hypothermic while traveling and had to be euthanized. The other, Munia, also died on the road, after trainers said they were not able to contact a veterinarian, and Hawthorn reportedly refused to allow a necropsy.

According to PETA, “dozens of tigers have died on Hawthorn’s watch.” The company has received citations and fines for confining tigers to cramped cages and failing to provide necessary veterinary care. It even made headlines when a truck driver reportedly checked into a motel after getting a flat, and left the animals unattended in the truck overnight. It is clear that it is not just the exploitation of forcing animals to perform that is cruel, but also the travel and transport.

Shriners International’s Shrine Circus, which is a major event in 120 cities every year in the U.S. alone, uses tigers provided by the Hawthorn Corporation. PETA has sent a letter to the Hejaz Shriners, asking them to stop supporting this abuse by no longer hosting circuses with animal acts. Sign below to take this urgent request further, and demand that all shrine circuses stop using wild animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Imperial Potentate Bergenske,

The company that provides tigers for the Shrine Curcus, the Hawthorn Corporation, has shown its cruelty time and again, this time in the tragic deaths of two tigers within a month of each other. These innocent animals are not only exploited for performance but also exposed to inhumane conditions on the road — both of these tigers died in transit.

The Shriners are supporting this animal abuse by continuing to do business with Hawthorn, which has reportedly accrued hundreds of thousands of dollars in USDA penalties and whose license has been suspended not once but twice in the past. Please take a stand to protect these innocent animals. I urge you to ban animal acts from shrine circus performances.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tim Evanson

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15 Comments

  1. ALL PEOPLE THAT KEEP ANIMALS IN A CIRCUS SHOULD BE CAGED AND ILL TREATED, JUST SO THEY HAVE A FEELING OF WHAT THEY ARE PUTTING BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THROUGH, AND MADE TO DO SOME STUPID TRICK, BUT THE PEOPLE THAT GO TO THESE THINGS NEED TO BE TAUGHT BETTER, THEY MAKE IT WORSE FOR THE ANIMALS. SHOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED YEARS AGO,

  2. ONLY IDIOTS TAKE THERE CHILDREN’S TO CIRCUS TO SUPPORT & WATCH ANIMALS CRUELTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOYCCOT THESE GREEDY LOW LIFE PSYCHOPATHS BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Nooshin Perla says:

    STUPID MORONS, you want to have fun? Use people that you love, then you heartless person, will know how it feels!! That’s IF you have a heart!!!

  4. Patricia Dumais says:

    It’s about time that Shriners ditches animal circus acts. I’m amazed that an organization that works to help sick children has an utter disregard for the welfare of animals!

  5. Is it of any use appealing to these serial animal abusers?

  6. Denise Baudin says:

    TO ALL DUMB PEOPLE WHO TAKE CHILDREN TO ZOOS, CIRCUSES and AQUARIUMS –

    You are teaching them it is O.K. to keep animals in captivity, abuse them, torture them, then slaughter them when they become sick or too old to perform stupid tricks or rides.

    BOYCOTT.
    NEVER BUY TICKETS TO ANY ANIMAL “ATTRACTION”.

    YOUR PURCHASE HELPS KEEP ABUSIVE ZOOS, CIRCUSES AND AQUARIUMS IN BUSINESS. – BOYCOTT ALL THOSE DEATH HOLES.

  7. lynn woods says:

    everybody think the shriners are so wonderful thing and they do good well think again they’ve been torturing and killing animals for entertainment for years and the people that support them and take their kids to see these cruelties of animals are just as bad shame shame on these liars and cruel so called humans

  8. Karen Mckay says:

    what kind of brainless pond life actually buy tickets to watch animal abuse?? Time this was outlawed and both circus owners and scum buying tickets were all subject to the force of the law!!!

  9. These circuses should be stopped now these animals are for the wild. Not ABUSED

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Fck the circus❗️😠
    Haven’t attended 1 of those hell holes in 25 years & will NEVER again.
    Signed & shared 😡

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