Ban Elephant Shows in Los Angeles

Target: Los Angeles City Council

Goal: Ban circus shows that involve elephants

Circus shows, such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, have been bringing elephants to Los Angeles since 1919. Elephants are highly utilized in both shows’ signature acts. The Ringling Brothers believe that seeing the animals up close is one of the main reasons people come to the show. However, for years elephant advocacy groups have considered both the training and transport of show elephants to be cruel and inhumane. Urge the Los Angeles City Council to approve the proposed ban that would prohibit elephants from performing in shows within the city limits.

Elephant advocacy groups have long petitioned Los Angeles and other cities to ban performing elephants from circuses. Recently, the Los Angeles City Council has taken their proposal under consideration. The training and transport of performing elephants is considered to be one of the most inhumane animals practices still commonly used in the United States. Elephants weigh nearly four tons and require ample space to roam. Many zoos, such as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, have sent their elephants to sanctuaries because they believe they are unable to give them enough room to be happy, yet elephants used in circus acts are constantly being shipped around the country.

Advocacy groups hope that if the ban is passed in Los Angeles, other cities will soon follow. Paul Koretz, the city council member sponsoring the ban, hopes that one day performing elephants will not be used in the United States. If there were no longer a profit to be made from elephants, the animals currently used in shows would be sent to sanctuaries, where they could live out their lives in freedom with their own kind. Sign the petition below, and encourage the Los Angeles City Council to pass the ban on performing elephants within the city limits.

Dear Los Angeles City Council,

Using elephants in circus acts is cruel and inhumane. In the wild, elephants cover vast territory, and need plenty of room to roam. Slowly, zoos are deciding that it is not feasible to humanely keep elephants in captivity. Many zoos are sending their elephants to sanctuaries or are doing costly renovations on their enclosures.

Elephants used in circus shows, such as The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, are constantly being shipped across the country. When they are not traveling they are being dressed up and forced into unnatural situations. Advocacy groups have long criticized the training methods used to teach elephants to perform. I urge you to approve the ban on performing elephants within the Los Angeles city limits. If you approve this ban other cities may follow, and the lives of elephants will be greatly improved.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lucy Kelly says:

    I don’t believe non domesticated animals can be happy in captivity, some in particular. The intelligent, the active, the ill suited. Some are ritually abused via threat as the ‘show’, e.g. lions being endlessly made to submit to abuse. Others are terrifyingly endangered repeatedly, such as elephants which are made to do headstands, when their weight will kill them if they fall over. It is horrific! No wonder they go crazy and kill people, sometimes! The poor things! No non domesticated animal should be made to perform. It is inhumane!

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