Target: Michael Rubin, Owner of Capitol Investment Associates
Goal: Cancel UniverSoul Circus shows in light of past animal welfare citations.
Security Square Mall, a subsidiary of Capitol Investment Associates, is planning to host a number of shows for UniverSoul Circus. UniverSoul Circus has a history of mistreating animals and working with well-known animal abusers. For example, the circus employs Mitchel Kalmanson, who was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for keeping big cats confined in cages that did not allow them to stretch to their full height and length. He also neglected to properly address a female tiger’s leg injury despite the fact that she was limping.
UniverSoul Circus does not have an exhibitor license from the USDA. This means they have to rent animals from licensed exhibitors. It also means that they cannot be cited for animal welfare violations, since they do not own the animals in question. However, there are dozens of examples of exhibitors contracted by UniverSoul Circus being cited for failing to meet minimum federal standards for the care of animals used in entertainment. Clearly, the owners of UniverSoul Circus are not vigilant about ensuring that the animals used for their shows are treated properly.
UniverSoul is currently using two elephants who, according to PETA, “have yielded over five years of reactive tuberculosis (TB) tests, suggesting that they are likely TB-positive.” In addition to the cruelty of forcing sick animals to perform, this potentially exposes people and other animals working in the circus to TB.
It is well known that the animals forced to perform in circuses are trained in violent and cruel ways. Weapons like whips, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and tight collars are routinely employed by trainers. By providing a venue for UniverSoul Circus, the Security Square Mall is endorsing the grotesque abuse and exploitation of animals. Please sign the petition below asking that they cancel the scheduled shows.
UniverSoul Circus is slated to put on a number of shows at Security Square Mall, your subsidiary company. I am writing to urge to you cancel these performances.
Circuses that feature animals are guilty of some of the most egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act. UniverSoul Circus is no exception. They repeatedly hire animal exhibitors who are notorious for mistreating and abusing the animals in their care. One of these exhibitors, Mitchel Kalmanson, was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for keeping big cats in cages that were not big enough for the animals to stretch and turn around in.
Animals trained to perform tricks are routinely subjected to violent and inhumane treatment. Whips, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and tight collars are just a few of the implements used to render these wild animals obedient.
Please do not be party to such cruelty; cancel the scheduled UniverSoul Circus performances immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Alejandro Linares Garcia