Target: Xi Jinping, President of China
Goal: Ban all circuses from using animals and severely punish trainers found horribly abusing bears, tigers and monkeys.
An investigation has revealed animals suffering shockingly brutal abuse at the hands of circus trainers. Footage gathered by PETA Asia investigators at 10 training facilities in the city of Suzhou, China, shows trainers whipping, kicking, beating and otherwise mistreating bear cubs, monkeys, lions and tigers. Bear cubs are seen chained by the neck, risking choking, to force them to stand on their back legs. One was reportedly yanked by a rope tied around her neck while being forced to walk on parallel bars and being viciously hit if she stopped or made a mistake.
Monkeys, tigers, lions and even an elderly dog were confined to tiny cages where they had no choice but to eat and sleep in an area covered in their excrement. They are only let out to undergo brutal training and are “beaten and threatened” with heavy poles or whipped to make them perform unnatural and uncomfortable tricks, according to PETA Asia. Investigators also reported that the animals lacked proper food, water and veterinary care at all 10 facilities visited.
Sign this petition urging Chinese authorities to urgently investigate this matter and severely punish those responsible, while also instating a nationwide ban on animals in circuses.
Dear President Xi,
Handlers shown brutalizing animals at circus training facilities must immediately be punished. An investigation led by PETA Asia into 10 different training facilities reveals horrific suffering for the animals. Bear cubs, monkeys, lions, tigers and even dogs are confined to small cages without adequate, food, water or medical care. Footage shows animals being chained by their neck or dragged by ropes, whipped, beaten and otherwise brutalized to force them to learn unnatural tricks.
People responsible for this cruelty must be brought to justice immediately, and these facilities must be shut down with all animals sent to suitable sanctuaries to recover from this horrific treatment. Please also instate a countrywide ban on animals in circuses to prevent more of this cruelty.
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