To the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for taking action against Feld Entertainment, Inc.
According to news reports, an agreement has been reached between the USDA and Feld Entertainment, Inc., owners of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whereby the company agrees to pay a fine of $270,000 for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). In agreeing to the settlement, however, Feld Entertainment admits no wrongdoing or violation USDA policy. According to the agreement, Feld is to “develop and implement annual AWA compliance for all employees who work with and handle animals, including trainers, handlers, attendants and veterinarians….”
Take Action: Write the secretary of the USDA thanking him for pursuing its case against Feld and urging the agency to ensure the safety of all animals in the entertainment industry and to charge those in violation of the AWA to the fullest extent of the law.
In addition, do not support companies that exploit animals for entertainment purposes. Therefore, do not attend circuses where animals are forced to perform. Instead, attend circuses where the human animal soars to majestic heights. Be enthralled with our own species’ ability to perform; leave the animals to live their own lives.
The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250