Demand Venue Only Host Animal-Free Events

Target: Matt Walsh, Mayor of Council Bluffs, Iowa

Goal: Only allow animal-free events at the Mid-America Center.

Recently the Mid-America Center, an Iowa based arena, hosted a circus that featured a cruel bear show. The bear show, called Castle’s Bears, has allegedly abused and neglected its animals. It is time to stop supporting this cruel form of entertainment.

Video footage shows that Castle’s Bears tether, muzzle, poke and prod its animals. One bear who was forced to walk on her front legs was so terrified and stressed that she peed herself. Animals used for entertainment are often trained using cruel techniques including hitting, bullhooks, electric prods, withholding food and tethering.

These animals belong in the wild, not in crowded, loud arenas. Sign this petition and demand that the Mid-America Center only host animal-free events.


Dear Mayor Walsh,

Recently the Mid-America Center hosted a circus that featured Castle’s Bears. The bears used in this show have allegedly been abused and neglected, and it is time to stop supporting this cruel form of entertainment.

Video footage shows that Castle’s Bears tether, muzzle, poke and prod their animals. One bear peed herself while being forced to walk on her front legs due to stress and nerves. These bears are not the only ones who suffer. Animals imprisoned in the entertainment industry, including zoos, circuses and other animal shows, suffer mentally and physically every day. They are often denied food, beaten, hit, shocked, tethered, trapped in small cages and denied proper veterinary care.

Please consider no longer allowing events that use animals at your arena. These animals belong in the wild, surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, friends and land to run through. Instead they are denied everything natural to them and are forced into loud, crowded arenas.


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Photo credit: Bin im Garten

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  1. It’s unacceptable and inexcusable to host events that exploit and abuse animals. Please stop supporting animal abusers, and, in effect, teaching children that it’s acceptable to exploit animals and treat them cruelly for entertainment and for profit.

  2. how do these idiotic evil people get away with the things they do, does no one think to stop them, why is this world so cruel, if they managed to look after these beautiful creatures it might be different but these sick bastards cannot even do that, just use them.

  3. Anne Moeller says:

    Dress these idiots up like animas and parade them around!

  4. The USA is no better than China and other Asian countries when it comes to animal cruelty and abuse. A curse on the various American State/County authorities that allow it and haven’t the guts to ban it and inflict severe penalties.

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable …

    or kick them out of their profession

  6. No one has the right to humiliate animals by treating them the way they do, as figured out so eloquently in the above mentioned picture

    • It’s disgusting how they humiliate animals. I guess it’s a sick attempt to make themselves feel superior or something.

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