Target: Mexico City politicians
Goal: Praise Mexico City for banning animals in circuses
In a historic vote, politicians have nearly unanimously banned animals in circuses in Mexico City. Under this ban, circuses in Mexico City have one year to phase out the animals used in their shows. Those circuses that do not comply with the ban face up to $700,000 in fines.
Forty-one legislators supported the ban and not one voted against it, eleven abstained from the vote, even as representatives from the parent company of Ringling Brothers were on hand to lobby against it. This was a courageous act to improve the welfare of animals in Mexico City, and we must show our support so that additional bans like these may be enacted.
Animals in circuses are routinely abused during training to get them to perform complicated and dangerous tricks. They are intimidated by trainers and cruelly used as props. A “lion tamer” may threaten a lion that is more terrified than any human should be in that cage. They are starved and tortured for cost effectiveness, left to wallow in their own filth, and their emotional life languishes while they are behind bars, waiting for the next night when they will be allowed out only to entertain audiences. Over 35 countries have put bans in place to restrict the use of animals in circuses, and even more have restricted inhumane practices against the animals.
This ban is a huge step towards a wider understanding of animals as complex and emotional creatures, deserving of life and dignity. Please sign this petition to applaud this near-unanimous vote to keep animals out of circuses.
Dear Mexico City politicians,
I would like to express my deep gratitude and support of your near-unanimous ban on animals in circuses. The exploitation of animals is a disgusting means of profit for human beings, and I can only hope that this ban will create a trend among legislators.
Beaten and abused animals, often terrified and starved, are not amusing or fun. Thank you for understanding that, and for voting to remove them from the heinous world of circus performing. Please continue to vote against animal cruelty and support our most vulnerable creatures.
[Your Name Here]
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