Stop Using Animals in Annual Circus Event

Target: Sheila Bissett, Administrator for Aleppo Shriners

Goal: End the use of animals for entertainment at the Shriner’s Circus.

The Shrine Circus is an annual event held in a town outside of Boston. Unfortunately, this circus still uses wild animals in its acts.

Animals used in circuses are typically held in small cages for long periods of time, neglected, beaten and isolated. It is cruel to continue forcing wild animals to perform unnatural tricks in front of large, jeering crowds. These animals should be in their natural habitat, surrounded by friends and living the life nature intended.

The circus would be great with only the amazing human performers. Sign this petition and demand the circus eliminate its animal acts and to retire its animals to an accredited sanctuary.


Dear Ms. Bissett,

Many people look forward to attending the Shrine Circus yearly. Unfortunately, Shrine Circus still uses animals in its performances.

Animals in circuses are typically held in small cages, neglected, beaten, isolated and denied adequate time to exercise. It is cruel to continue forcing these animals to perform unnatural tricks in front of large, jeering crowds. No matter how many times these animals are forced to perform, the experience doesn’t get any less scary.

Please consider retiring your animal acts and only using the amazing human performers you have. These animals should be surrounded by friends, sunshine, and in their natural environments.


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Photo credit: DirkJan Ranzijn

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