Target: First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
Goal: Support a ban on using wild animals in circuses in Scotland.
The people of Scotland have spoken and want to ban the use of circus animals. A recent poll found that 98 percent of respondents to a public consultation said that they would support a ban on using animals such as elephants, tigers, and lions in traveling circuses.
This overwhelming majority opinion has been applauded by animal rights groups such as the Born Free Foundation and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). These animal rights groups have been pushing for the ban throughout the United Kingdom. They came close in 2012 when the Westminster government failed to make progress on a draft bill that would ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Although Scotland currently does not have any circuses using wild animals, this ban would ensure that none would be forced to perform in the cruel entertainment shows. Without this ban, it would leave the option available to those who wish to make a profit off of these poor animals. It is demeaning to these creatures and it is time that we treated them with respect. The people of Scotland obviously agree and this is a great opportunity for them to lead the way in animal rights.
The Scottish public are clearly taking a progressive stance on the subject and the government needs to listen and implement this ban. Please sign the petition below to support the ban on using wild animals in circus shows.
Dear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,
A recent poll found that 98 percent of Scottish respondents would support a ban on using wild animals in circuses. It is clear that the public does not wish to see wild animals being forced to perform in circus shows for entertainment, and it is time to push for this ban.
This is an opportunity for Scotland to take the reigns and be a leader for animal rights in the British Isles. It is the 21st century and it is simply horrendous that we allow these poor animals to be confined to cages until they can be used to make money through entertainment purposes.
Using wild animals in circuses is immoral and we need to implement this ban immediately. Please begin pushing for legislation that will reflect the ideals of the Scottish people and that will help eliminate animals being forced to perform in circuses.
[Your Name Here]
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