Ban Circus Acts That Torment and Abuse Animals

Target: New York City Council

Demand: Ban exotic animals from appearing in circuses in New York City.

The New York City Council is currently considering a bill that would ban exotic animals from appearing in circuses and other entertainment events in New York’s five boroughs.  The bill is facing fierce opposition from major circuses like UniverSoul and Ringling Brothers, who threaten to stop bringing their show to New York City if the bill is passed. These circuses claim that the bill is designed to put circuses out of business, when in reality it is just stopping the cruel treatment of animals.

Circuses have a documented history of animal abuse, and even today, painful bull-hooks are used to control animals during training. There have also been a number of well-publicized animal deaths and injuries in recent years, including an alarming number of elephant deaths at Ringling Brothers. After immense pressure from the public, Ringling Brothers decided to retire its elephants earlier this year. But their other animals still remain trapped in the cruel circus life.

Because New York City is one of the circus’s major markets, passing this bill could be a turning point in the fight against animal abuse in circuses. Stand up for the lions, tigers, monkeys, and camels that are forced to perform unnatural acts under the threat of abuse. Sign our petition and tell the New York City Council that you do not support circuses that use exotic animals in inhumane ways.


Dear New York City Council:

Intro 1233, the bill banning exotic animals from appearing in circuses and other entertainment events, should be passed. This bill will allow animals to stop performing unnatural acts under the threat of abuse from their trainers.  With this bill, animals will be able to live out their lives in sanctuaries where they are able to follow their natural instincts.

For decades, circus animals have been kept in small cages and paraded around the country to perform tricks that are unnatural and degrading. To control the animals, trainers use intimidation techniques, bull-hooks, prods, and other harmful devices. Now, you have the chance to change this and create a better life for these abused animals.

I urge you to tell the circuses that you will not stand for the abuse and cruelty they show to their animals. Please pass this bill and show that New York City wants a better life for the wild animals forced to appear in circuses.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Felicito Rustique Jr.

Sign the Petition

  • Upgrade to sign 100's of petitions with one-click and feed shelter animals.
  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    ‘In reality what difference is there in physical sensations! Sensibility is the same whether you harm man or animal: there is no difference.
    Nay, rather, cruelty to the animal is more painful because man has a tongue and he sighs, complains and groans when he receives an injury and complains to the government and the government protects him from cruelty; but the poor animal cannot speak, it can neither show its suffering nor is it able to appeal to the government.
    If it is harmed a thousand times by man it is not able to defend itself in words nor can it seek justice or retaliate…..
    Therefore one must be very considerate towards animals and show greater kindness to them than to man…. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent; unquestionably one must be more kind and merciful to the innocent’….Baha’i Writings
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Ecc_3:19 ~ For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no pre-eminence (authority) above a beast: for all is vanity (arrogance).
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God

  2. Even as a young child (5-7 years old) in the mid sixties, I repelled against the thought of going to the circus because I couldn’t fathom the thought of these beautiful animals doing “tricks” for the amusement of humans. I naturally thought how awful it would be for these magnificent animals to be subjected to such a life when all they would want is to be free. For the animals, please allow them to have the life they were meant to live.

    Let’s all support the end to this cruel, barbaric treatment of these magnificent animals!
    Thank you for your consideration.

  3. end the animal acts now.

  4. Shannon Dillon says:

    I support this ban and hope that other cities will follow New York’s lead and similarly ban circus acts using animals.

  5. Stop this cruelty, now!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


1584 Signatures

  • Christine Witcher
  • trish gallardo
  • Freya Harris
  • Melody Montminy
  • Izumi Ogawa-Schulz
  • Linda Meyers
  • patricia calebrese
  • Betty Jones
  • S Waltman
1 of 158123...158
Skip to toolbar