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REQUESTING LEGISLATION BE PASSED IN THE U.S.A. TO BAN WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

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Dear White House Members,

I am writing as a constituent to ask for your support of federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses. Such legislation addresses an important issue that gravely concerns me about the welfare of wild animals forced to perform in traveling circuses.

Careful research and detailed undercover investigations have shown the welfare of animals is unacceptably compromised under the confinement and cruel training practices that are inherent in traveling circuses. Wild, stressed animals in close quarters with the public has proven to be a public safety hazard, with escaped animals both maiming and even killing members of the public, including children. It is also estimated that around 12% of Asian and 2% of African elephants in North America have tuberculosis (TB), a disease transmissible from elephants to humans.

Every time we allow a majestic wild animal to be reduced to a cheap circus trick, we are not just turning a blind eye to cruelty, we are advancing the belief that it is acceptable to be inhumane and setting a poor example for our children. Simply put, animal acts in circuses are antiquated and belong in the past. Entertaining contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil prove that the show will go on without abused animals. Cirque du Soleil now has 19 shows in 271 cities, generating an estimated $810 million a year.

Over 20 countries around the world have adopted national legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, with hundreds of local bans in place worldwide ? over 200 in the UK, and hundreds in Europe and South America, as well as Asia. The time is now to act! Please follow the will of your compassionate constituents and be a leader in Congress to work toward protections for circus animals.

Thank you for your public service and I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Sincerely,

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Public Comments (4,574)
Apr 12th, 2017
Jenna G. from Greer, SC writes:
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There can be no reason on earth that a conscious individual could ever support the practice of harming any animals for the "supposed" pleasure of another. Elephants are very dear to m y heart because they have they have the capacity to grieve, a most human trait. We owe God the respect and love to protect what he has given in our charge.
Apr 12th, 2017
Jenna G. from Greer, SC writes:
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There can be no reason on earth that a conscious individual could ever support the practice of harming any animals for the "supposed" pleasure of another. Elephants are very dear to m y heart because they have they have the capacity to grieve, a most human trait. We owe God the respect and love to protect what he has given in our charge.
Mar 29th, 2017
Koltar C. from Cobb, CA signed.
Mar 23rd, 2017
britney s. from Atlantic Beach, NY signed.
Mar 13th, 2017
Suzanne H. from Rotterdam Junction, NY writes:
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Circus animals are forced through horrible cruelty to "entertain" people. It's got to stop now. No wild animal deserves the suffering it has to endure in order to behave in a way that it shouldn't.
Mar 11th, 2017
Someone from Cincinnati, OH signed.
Mar 6th, 2017
Trisha S. from Nevada, MO signed.
Mar 5th, 2017
Elliot M. from Bloomfield Hills, MI writes:
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It's a disgrace to pass this violent, cruel, barbaric practice off as entertainment. People take their children to see this? Will there ever come a time when one has the compassion to feel another's pain, be it a human's or an animal's. Pass legislation now!
Mar 5th, 2017
Lee L. from Montgomery, AL signed.
Feb 12th, 2017
Kathy P. from Baden, PA signed.