Target: Kenneth Jeffrey Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, Owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Goal: Stop abusing camels for the purpose of entertaining audiences.
Camels have been used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act for the past year. The circus thinks that it is OK to use camels in their show since they will soon no longer be using elephants, as urged by animal rights advocates.
Six camels are currently being ridden in circus shows by a Mongolian troupe. Stunts are performed on these camels as they are ridden. While the circus’s efforts should be commended for planning to retire elephants from their shows by the year 2018, replacing one show animal with another one should not be condoned.
Even though circus performers insist that only positive reinforcement is used to train the camels, there is nothing positive about these animals being forced to now live a life that they had never been exposed to in the past. Show camels have bitten and spit at performers. Although this behavior should clearly indicate that these camels do not want to be performing in shows, the circus still has not taken the clue.
Sign this petition and demand the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus quit using camels in their circus acts immediately. Camels should not be abused for the purpose of entertaining audiences, and in no universe is it OK to abuse one animal in place of another.
Dear Mr. Feld,
For the past year, camels have been used in circus shows at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. These camels are meant to replace the elephants that will be phased out of circus acts within the next few years.
Camels are now having to adapt to the unnatural lifestyle of being constantly trained and ridden by circus performers. While it may be true that trainers use positive reinforcement methods to train the camels, forcing these animals to live this unnatural lifestyle is extremely inhumane. Furthermore, camels spitting and biting performers is evidence that the camels are not adapting well to this new lifestyle.
Although it is good news that circus elephants will soon be retired, it is not OK to replace one show animal with another one. When this is done, the cycle of abuse only continues. Camels belong in the wild or in credible zoos or sanctuaries if that is not possible. They do not belong in circuses where they are forced to perform ridiculous stunts in front of curious audience members.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to quit using camels in circus shows immediately. Like the elephants, these animals deserve to be retired to a place where they will be able to live out the rest of their lives in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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