Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Goal: Stop the animal rights violator Ramos Bros. Circus from holding performances without a license
A license to exhibit animals is a key legal requirement for the operation of most circuses. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) canceled the Ramos Bros. Circus’ license, however, the circus simply disregarded the issue. The circus continues to operate in Moreno Valley, California, where all of its shows are illegal by virtue of being unlicensed. Measures like this are in place to prevent animals from ill-treatment, and such a blatant disregard for both the legal system and the welfare of circus animals is unacceptable. Sign the petition and call on the USDA to shut down Ramos Bros. once and for all.
Ramos Bros. is no stranger to tangling with the USDA over animal welfare laws. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “the USDA has previously cited Ramos Bros. for operating without a license.” Just last year officials in Corona, California took action against Ramos Bros., ordering them to remove unlicensed animals from Corona. In January, the USDA cited Ramos Bros. for a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, issuing it a warning after a camel from the circus “ran into the street, endangering both herself and others.” PETA also claims to have received numerous complaints from private citizens about the conditions in which the animals live.
Ramos Bros. Circus has had ample opportunity to change its ways, but continued violations of animal welfare laws cannot be ignored. When cruelty to animals is involved, the show must not go on. Tell the USDA to do the right thing and shut down Ramos Bros. Circus.
To Whom It May Concern:
The USDA recently canceled the Ramos Bros. Circus’ license to exhibit animals…but the circus is reportedly still performing in Moreno Valley, California. This blatant disregard for the animal welfare laws set out by the USDA is only the latest in a long string of offenses committed by Ramos Bros. I urge you to shut down this unscrupulous and inhumane business.
Ramos Bros. is no stranger to controversy. In June 2012, the city of Corona, California, discovered that Ramos Bros. was illegally displaying exotic animals and forced the circus to remove the animals in question from the city. And even more recently, the USDA issued Ramos Bros. a warning for violating the Animal Welfare Act after a camel got loose and ran into the street. Furthermore, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims to have fielded numerous reports from private citizens concerned about the conditions in which the animals live.
Ramos Bros. has violated the Animal Welfare Act and continues to knowingly break U.S. law. It is time to take a stand against both animal cruelty and a careless disregard for the legal system. Please shut down the Ramos Bros. Circus.
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