Target: David Cameron, British Prime Minister
Goal: Ban circuses from keeping wild animals that endure horrible living conditions and brutal training.
Animals suffer immensely in captivity, even more so in traveling circuses where they are confined to small cages for most of their lives and forced to perform uncomfortable and dangerous tricks. Animals are beaten, whipped and burned in order to “train” them for performance, and are often starved of food and water before a show so that they do not relieve themselves on stage. They spend most of their lives cramped in cages in the back of trains and trucks as they travel around, separated from their families and unable to experience the wild or display natural behaviors.
After it emerged that Scotland is to become the first part of the United Kingdom to prohibit circuses from using wild animals, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to implement such a ban across the country. Several nations across the globe have already taken steps to protect wild animals from abuse by banning their use in circuses.
Sign this petition asking David Cameron to urgently pass similar legislation in the United Kingdom in order to protect these animals from abuse and allow for better treatment of animals countrywide.
Dear Mr. Cameron,
Scotland will soon become the first part of the United Kingdom to ban traveling circuses from using wild animals. This is a major step in the right direction, as animals in circuses suffer brutal training and appalling living conditions. Not only do they spend most of their lives confined to small cages in the back of trains and trucks, their time outside the cage is passed enduring brutal training. They are whipped, beaten and burned to force them to perform unnatural and dangerous acts.
Moreover, your countrymen overwhelmingly support such a move, with recent polls showing that 94 percent of people in England and Wales are against using wild animals in circuses. The figure is even higher in Scotland, where 98 percent of the population condemns the practice.
Please take a massive step forward for animals in the U.K. and quickly ban the use of wild animals in circuses across the United Kingdom.
[Your Name Here]
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