Protect Traveling Animals

A new bill would require circuses to offer performing animals rest after extended travel.

A new bill would require circuses to provide animals with rest after a period of extended travel.

HR 4525 , the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, addresses the issue of exotic and wild, non-domesticated animals who are forced to travel to various venues to be put on display for the paying public.

Exotic and wild, non-domesticated animals required to travel to multiple venues need time to adjust before going on display. Traveling circuses and exhibitions often move weekly to new locations causing much distress and suffering to the animals. Then the animals are required to be on display almost as soon as they arrive at the next location. The bill would prohibit exhibitors from immediately showing exotic or wild, non-domesticated animals if they have been travelling during the preceding 15-day period. This is the least we can do to protect those animals who are moved around the country to be put on display.

Contact your representative and ask him or her to support HR 4525.

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When you think about it…petting a wild animal is just plain scary.

The opportunity to pet a wild animal offers little enjoyment, if any, for those on display to the public.

The opportunity to pet a wild animal offers little enjoyment, if any, for those on display to the public.

Ever find yourself at a shopping mall with a crowd of shoppers gawking at a tiger cub or baby bear, there for a photo shoot? Sure, you can get your once-in-a-lifetime chance to pet a wild animal for free or maybe just a few dollars but what does the baby animal have to pay?

Often these animals are taken from their families while newborn. They are then carted around to various venues for photo ops, commercials, or to promote an event. However, by the time they reach their teenage years and are no longer the cuddly cute creature we all like to ohh and ahh over, many are sent to roadside zoos, sold into the pet trade, killed for their meat, or wind up in someone’s backyard.

Aside from the physical danger of being in close proximity to these wild animals, we are also placed at risk for contracting a number of diseases that can be transmitted from wild animals to humans. So, resist the urge to pet that lion cub or that infant monkey. Resist the urge to visit petting zoos and other venues that advertise young animals on view. Because, when you think about it…petting a wild animal is just plain scary—for them as well as for us.

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New Jersey on Verge of Banning Wild Animals in Circuses

If passed, New Jersey bill A 4088 would penalize those exhibiting bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in circuses throughout the state.

If passed, New Jersey bill A 4088 would penalize those exhibiting bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in circuses throughout the state.

A bill before the New Jersey Assembly, A 4088 , would impose a penalty for the exhibition or use in a performance of live bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in that state.

Wild and exotic animals, such as bears, elephants, lions, and tigers, do not belong in the circus. Many animals are forced to perform by the use of bullhooks, electric shocks, ropes, and other abusive tools. Many circus companies have been cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act yet persist in forcing these wild animals to perform unnatural tricks. These animals not only face years of both physical and psychological distress, but also pose a threat to onlookers during their performances.

Last year, Greece banned the use of animals in circuses; and just recently, the British government did likewise.

New Jersey residents, contact your legislators and let them know you support A 4088, which would effectively ban the use of live bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in exhibitions and performances in your state. Residents of other states, let your legislators know you would like to see similar legislation to protect wild animals in your state.

Keep the Circus From Coming to Your Town

Exotic animals such as these elephants are forced to perform unnatural tricks.

Exotic animals such as these elephants are forced to perform unnatural tricks during circus performances.

It’s that time of year again. Box cars and tractor-trailers carrying wild creatures in chains and cages will be touring the country for the annual circus season. Cole Bros. and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are among the most recognized of traveling circuses transporting elephants, monkeys, and big cats, among several other animals, for an average of 26 hours between stops.

While the sole purpose of these companies is to exploit animals for entertainment and their own financial gain, many patrons are unaware of the tortuous acts that take place behind the scenes. Through these training tactics, animals, particularly elephants, are forced to perform unnatural tricks through the use of electric shock, ropes, and sharp metal bull hooks. Cole Bros. Circus has been cited and fined repeatedly by the United States Department of Agriculture for failing to meet “minimum standards of care and treatment” established by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Violations include negligent and cruel living conditions, lack of adequate veterinary care, and use of blatant, abusive training tactics.

While animal circuses have been fined thousands of dollars throughout their existence, families still flock to these events unaware of the suffering that these animals endure because of their ticket purchases. These animals not only face years of both physical and psychological distress, but also pose a threat to onlookers during their performances. Contact your city Chamber of Commerce and local venues that support these inhumane performances, and urge them to close their doors to companies allowing such violent training to be committed in their own community.

Click here to view the list of venues and Chambers of Commerce for each state hosting a circus.

Protect Big Cats

Exotic animals, such as tigers, are not suitable pets.

Both houses of the U.S. Congress have legislation pending that would protect big cats and the public.
HR 4122 and S 3547, known as the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, would prohibit the private ownership, breeding, sale, and transportation in interstate commerce of lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs, lion/tiger hybrids, and other captive big cats.

Exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock. The events in Zanesville, Ohio, last fall prove this, as do past tragedies such as Travis the chimpanzee, who attacked a friend of his owner’s, and a bear near Cleveland, who killed his owner’s employee. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in such close quarters with humans.

Contact your representatives and senators and urge them to pass this important piece of legislation. We deserve to be protected from dangerous and unpredictable exotic animals; and these animals deserve to be protected from the inadequate conditions wild animals endure as pets.

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Update on the Apple Blossom Festival’s Circus

This year, the circus’s tigers, elephants, and other animals will not have to perform in Winchester, VA.

Update!

For decades, Cole Brothers Circus has been bringing elephants, tigers, and other animals to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® in Winchester, VA. Thanks to public outcry and allegations of animal abuse, this year will be different: no animals will appear in Cole Brothers’ act. This was not an ethical decision on the part of the circus or the festival’s planners. Rather, Simon Property Group, which owns the mall property where the circus is held, recently banned all circus animals from its properties. We are happy that Simon held strong to its resolution as the circus has a long history at this location. Hopefully, this will be the end of circus animals at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®.

Read our initial post on this issue.

New Law May Halt the Breeding of Pet Lions and Tigers

Lions, tigers, and other exotic cats are not suitable companions.

Big cats—lions, tigers, and others—do not belong in the hands of individual hobbyists. HR 4122, Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, will prohibit future possession and breeding of lions, tigers, and other big cats in the exotic pet trade. It will also require all current owners to register their big cats with the federal government. The big cat trade involves tremendous suffering and grave dangers to human health and safety. With an estimated 10-20,000 big cats held in private ownership in the United States, the passage of HR 4122 will go a long way toward protecting them and the humans with whom they come in contact.

Contact your representative and urge him or her to support HR 41222.

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