Protest Exploitative Animal Circuses and Attractions


Target: Karen Tracey, Founder of Grand Rapids for Animals

Goal: Support Grand Rapids for Animals as they protest animal exploitation in circuses and attractions

Approximately 100 protestors gathered outside the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan to protest the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus shows. Although there have been protests when the circuses were in town in past years, this year’s had a notably larger crowd. More people who are realizing the extent to which circuses operate on animal cruelty have come to join Grand Rapids for Animals in their efforts to educate people attending the shows of the abuse that happens behind the scenes.

Although the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus shows both claim they comply with all federal, state, and local regulations regarding animal treatment, it’s nearly impossible to know what goes on behind the curtain when no one is looking. The circus industry depends on the exploitation of wild animals for its own monetary gain. That means forcing animals to do unnatural tricks that puts them at unnecessary risk of injury.

Many families and other circus-goers have voiced their opinions about the protestors outside of the area, saying that they are largely unmoved by the protestors’ claims and that the protestors took away from their enjoyment of the circus. These protestors only want educate people about the mistreatment of animals in circuses and are genuinely concerned for the animals’ safety and welfare. Sign this petition and show support for Grand Rapids for Animals as they continue to fight for animal rights.


Dear Karen Tracey,

I would like to thank you and everyone else at Grand Rapids for Animals for protesting the use of animals in circuses. The fact that the circus industry depends so heavily on exploiting animals for its own monetary gain is absolutely appalling.

It is difficult to know exactly what goes on behind the scenes at circuses and other attractions that use animals for human entertainment. The mistreatment of animals in circuses is a very serious issue and should not be overlooked. I believe that educating people about animal cruelty within circuses is a step in the right direction to resolving this problem.

Although many families and other circus-goers seem more interested in the circus show than the important protest going on outside of the arena, I urge you to continue your efforts to give animals a much-needed voice. I have faith that eventually, more people will listen.


[Your Name Here]

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