Don’t Allow Abused Circus Animals to Perform in City

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Target: Mayor Leopoldo “Polo” Palacios Jr.

Goal: Do not allow wild circus animals to perform in Pharr, Texas.

The infamous Kelly Miller Circus is scheduled to perform in Pharr, Texas, where it is illegal to keep wild animals within the city limits. However, city officials may choose to ignore the law, allowing the circus to profit off their cruel antics.

The Kelly Miller Circus is notorious for working with Carson & Barnes Circus, which has been caught on video viciously beating performance animals such as elephants with bullhooks and even shocking them with electric prods. In the past, eyewitnesses have testified to seeing a trainer beat a Kelly Miller Circus elephant until it screamed in pain.

Circus performances are cruel to all animals, whether they use brutal tactics such as bullhooks or not. Many of these animals are pushed to the brink of exhaustion and only seen as a way to make a profit off of people who are unaware of what happens after the curtain closes. City officials in Pharr, Texas could ignore the enforcement of the law that does not allow wild animals within city limits simply because it is easier in their minds.

We need to do what is right; not what is easy. Please sign the petition below that urges Pharr City Mayor and Councilman Leopoldo “Polo” Palacios Jr. to enforce the law and not allow this abusive circus act to perform in Pharr, Texas.


Dear Mayor Leopoldo “Polo” Palacios Jr.,

I am writing to you to urge you and other council members to uphold the law that does not allow wild animals within city limits and to not permit the notorious Kelly Miller Circus perform in Pharr, Texas.

Circus animals are routinely pushed to the brink of exhaustion so that the Circus can make a large profit. This treatment is cruel and we need to make more people aware of what goes on behind the scenes. The Kelly Miller Circus has a history of working with Carson & Barnes Circus, a circus that has been caught on camera violently beating circus animals with bullhooks and even using electric prods on them.

If the city council ignores the blatant cruelty of these animals and allows the Kelly Miller Circus to perform, other circuses will decide that the law can be disregarded as well and the performances will continue. Please do the honorable thing and uphold the law that will not allow this circus within city limits.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. You bunch of two-faced scumbags! What’s the POINT in having a ban in force if it’s just going to be IGNORED, for money?! Put this frickin’ Mayor and Council to work IN PLACE OF these enslaved animals, making sure they’re treated EXACTLY the same way as the animals, and see if they don’t start singing a different tune in short order. Bloody stupid, non-empathetic humans – a total blight upon the world. Always have been, always will be, unless we get RID of all of them, once and for all!

  2. Vicky Cole says:

    These animals have complex family groups and are extremely intelligent,how would people like it if they were stolen from their families and forced to perform meaningless tricks? This makes humanity stupider too I feel

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