Support Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses


Target: House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank D. Lucas

Goal: Support bill to ban wild and exotic animals from traveling circuses

Recently, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) reintroduced a bill that would prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in the acts of traveling circuses, called the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. Animal Defenders International, one of the major supporters of the bill, estimates that in the United States around 300 wild animals are confined to lives of never-ending travel in small cages, thanks to traveling circuses.

This lifestyle is not conducive to the good health of these animals, and subjects them to harsh treatment within and without training regimens. In a statement on the bill, Moran commented, “From video and photographic evidence, it’s clear that traveling circuses aren’t providing the proper living conditions for exotic animals. This legislation is intended to target the most egregious situations involving exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses.”

The confinement and mistreatment of exotic and wild animals suggests that such treatment is normal, an especially dangerous implication for imperiled species who are used in circus acts. In addition, the confinement and use of wild animals in the circus puts the public at risk. Since 2000, more than 30 serious accidents have caused the deaths of animals and trainers as well as injuries to audience members, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.

By signing this petition, you are calling on the House Committee on Agriculture to support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. You are urging them to follow in the footsteps of dozens of countries around the world in banning the inhumane practice of using exotic and wild animals in traveling circus acts.


Dear Chairman Lucas,

I am excited that the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, or HR 4525, has been recently reintroduced. This act will protect exotic and wild animals from abusive treatment at the hands of trainers and circus workers. It will also protect the public and the trainers themselves from being injured or killed in an act of violence that resulted from confining and mistreating wild animals.

I urge you to recognize that HR 4525 will protect wild animals, especially endangered animals, and the public alike from the dangers that arise out of the use of wild animals in circus acts. I am calling on you and the House Committee on Agriculture to support HR 4525 and set an example for other countries that still allow this inhumane practice.


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  2. As a parent, how can you not know that animals suffer tremendously in captivity? You don’t like being forced to do something unnatural don’t you? It’s the same for animals too! Do not make your kids accomplices and help them free all incarcerated animals

  3. Stop circuses. Animals are free. Not good for animals to travel with no veterinarians help and check on them. We all get tired of circuses! Workers are mean to animals!

  4. Rita Grahn says:

    How can it be called “entertainment” to watch an animal being forced to make a fool of itself?

  5. Animals in circus’s time is over :

    Their obliged tricks do not ammuse kids who are now used to TV heros, international football events and other sportsto have fun,
    And many have allergy to animal hair
    so cannot even attend.
    Humans perform great, wonderfull tricks in Circus rings & keep the public well ammused.

    So please give up old fashioned circus number & return wild animals
    to their normal lives.

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