To the city of Asheville, NC, for banning exotic animal performances at U.S. Cellular Center.
U.S. Cellular Center, the largest event venue in Asheville, NC, will no longer host entertainment acts that include wild or exotic species as performers. According to a recent news article, the change arose out of concerns for the welfare of the animals involved. The ban only applies to U.S. Cellular Center, not the entire city of Asheville. However, this decision could be indicative of a city-wide ban in the future. In modern-day circuses, many of the world’s most threatened and majestic animals are held captive and transported long distances to perform tricks for masses of people.They cannot hunt, migrate, socialize, or reproduce as they would in the wild and have no choice but to perform for paying crowds, often under coercion. For reasons like these, individuals, families, venues, and entire cities are foregoing exotic animal entertainment in favor of acts that do not include animal performers.
Take Action: Contact U.S. Cellular Center and thank them for refusing to host exotic animal entertainment.
Chris Corl, General Manager
87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801