Support Ban on Exploiting Animals for Entertainment

Tiger Sergey Petrov

Target: Scott Enright, Chairperson for Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture

Goal: Praise Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture for unanimously voting to end the import of wild animals for public entertainment.

It seems that Hawaii will become the first state to ban the use of wild animals for public entertainment. Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture met to discuss the exact definition of a “dangerous wild animal” and whether or not to ban the import of “dangerous wild animals for the exhibition or performance in public entertainment shows such as circuses, carnivals and state fairs.” The board named big cats, primates, elephants, rhinoceros, bears, hyenas, crocodiles and hippopotamus as “dangerous wild animals” and unanimously voted for the ban.

Now this proposition will move to statewide hearings and must get approved by the Attorney General’s office and Governor David Ige. Despite the many future steps this proposition must take, things are looking very positive. Hawaii has a chance to lead the way for the rest of the United States. Inga Gibson, Hawaii’s senior states director for the Humane Society, said they’re “hoping…that Hawaii will set an example for other states to take the next step.”

Sign this letter and tell Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture that you fully support their decision on the ban and will continue to support their decision throughout the process.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Enright,

Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture met to discuss exactly what is considered a “dangerous wild animal” and whether or not to ban the import of “dangerous wild animals for the exhibition or performance in public entertainment shows such as circuses, carnivals and state fairs.” The board named big cats, primates, elephants, rhinoceros, bears, hyenas, crocodiles and hippopotamus as “dangerous wild animals” and unanimously voted for the ban.

This was great news to hear. Although the proposition still has some steps that need to be taken before it becomes a law, it is very encouraging. Hawaii has a chance to lead the way for the rest of the United States when it comes to helping animals used for entertainment.

I just wanted to thank you and the rest of Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture for all your hard work and effort toward helping animals used for entertainment. It is very encouraging to hear about such great news when it comes to animal rights, not to mention that it was also an unanimous vote.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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