Target: Lourdes Adriana Lopez Moreno, Chairwoman of the Environment Committee of the Mexican Congress
Goal: Allocate funding or donations to provide food, shelter and care for retired circus animals.
Circus owners are claiming that a recent federal ban in Mexico that forbids the use of animal acts in circuses is leaving them with no other option but to abandon or euthanize their animals. The ban is set to be enforced soon, but some states have already begun to enforce the new law. While the new ban is a step in the right direction towards protecting animals from the unnecessary cruelty of being forced to perform in a circus, some circus owners are claiming the ban leaves no solution for how the retired animals will be cared for.
The Associated Press reported that the head of Mexico’s circus owners’ association, Armando Cedeno, said the cost of caring for the animals in a time when his circus is facing decreased revenue is too much to handle. The ban protects lions, tigers, zebras, elephants and other animals, but caring for them can cost nearly $100 a day per animal.
Mexico’s Green Party worked to enact the ban and should be able to find a way to support these animals now that they are no longer able to be cared for by the circus. Whether it’s allocating government funding to set up shelters, or setting up fundraisers to collect donations in order to fund care, these animals cannot just be left to die when the ban was meant to care for their welfare. By signing this petition, you will encourage the Environment Committee of the Mexican Congress to support the care of these retired circus animals.
Dear Chairwoman Lopez,
Circus owners are claiming that the recent federal ban on animal acts in circuses is placing pressure on them when it comes to caring for these now retired animals. They say they no longer have the financial means to provide food, shelter and care for the animals, and the only option is to let the animals starve without shelter or be euthanized. While I commend you for taking a stance against the horrific use of animals in circuses, something must be done to ensure these retired animals are not left to die.
I urge you to find a way to support these animals, whether through allocating government funding to set up shelters with food or care, or fundraising to receive donations to set up shelters. Please make sure that the ban was not in vain, and the welfare of these animals is still kept into consideration.
[Your Name Here]
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