Target: Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond
Goal: Stop the use and exploitation of animals in Scotland’s circuses
Scotland’s government has been looking closely at the lives of circus animals, contemplating whether or not to ban the use of animals in the country’s circuses. The government introduced this review after it heard that five big cats are spending the winter in small cages, exposed to the elements with no room to walk around or take adequate shelter. Soon, laws may be changed in Scotland, in favor of circus animals’ freedom.
Environment Secretary of Scotland, Richard Lochhead, said that the government is trying to figure out how to initiate a timely ban to help the five big cats currently suffering in the harsh winter weather. Earlier, the Scottish government addressed the lives of traveling circus animals and entertained the idea of banning that practice; a decision has not been reached. Placing a ban on using animals for entertaining circus goers is an ethical concern, which requires a very precise legal route and could take more time. If this ban on using animals in the circus passes, it would also encompass those in traveling circuses.
Animals are not allowed in the circuses of 28 countries; Scotland should be the next country to join these ranks. Scotland is approaching this ethical issue with great concern for the well being of big cats, elephants, bears and other animals. By signing this petition you urge Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, to expedite the legal process and legally place a ban on animals in the country’s circuses.
Dear First Minister Salmond,
Scotland has been addressing serious ethical issues in regards to the use of animals in the country’s circuses. It is my understanding that the government is concerned about five big cats that are currently residing in cages ill-equipped for the inevitably harsh winter. I am writing to encourage you to expedite a ban on using animals in all circuses in Scotland.
Earlier this year the government was concerned about the lives of traveling circus animals. A life without travel for circus animals was considered then, but no decision was reached. Once legislation on banning the use of animals in circuses reaches you, I urge you to sign it into law. Animals do not belong in the circus, especially species that are listed as threatened or endangered, which is the case for many animals forced to perform.
Please become an ally for the circus animals of Scotland.
[Your Name Here]
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