Don’t Host Circus That Allegedly Beats and Starves Its Animals

Target: Dennis Mock, Mayor of Dalton, Georgia

Goal: Cancel plans with Garden Bros. Circus due to its alleged animal abuse.

Garden Bros. Circus has a suspicious history of alleged abuse and neglect towards its animals. The circus is currently touring the U.S., and one of its next stops is the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center. It is time to stop supporting this cruel form of entertainment.

According to a whistle-blower, the manager of Garden Bros. Circus, Zachary Garden, beats his animals, withholds food from them and denies them veterinary care. The informant also claimed that Mr. Garden once hit a zebra so hard he fell to his knees and then the ground.

The elephants currently traveling with Garden Bros. Circus were provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, which also has a questionable past. The head trainer was caught on camera beating and shocking his elephants while they screamed in pain.

Sign this petition and demand that Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center cancel its plans with Garden Bros. Circus. No animal should be abused and neglected for human entertainment.


Dear Mayor Mock,

The Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center is planning on hosting Garden Bros. Circus despite its suspicious past of allegedly abusing and neglecting its animals. It is time to stop supporting this cruel industry and cancel plans with this circus.

According to an informant, the manager of Garden Bros. Circus, Zachary Garden, often beats his animals, withholds food from them and denies them veterinary care. In addition, Mr. Garden allegedly hit a zebra with a long stick that had a blunt, metal end. The impact was so hard that the animal fell to the ground.

Please consider canceling your plans with Garden Bros. Circus. Animals are not objects and need to stop being treated as such. No animal should suffer for human entertainment.


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  1. circuses are animal abusers.. i have seen it on the news !! they should be fined at least 2 million dollars and also jail time for animal abuse !! STOP letting these people get away with crimes of ABUSE !!!!

  2. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Such cruelty an abuse! All circuses need to be shut down and all the animals sent to a sanctuary. They sure deserve to live out the rest of their lives happy, and at peace!

  3. If this is really happening it needs to be stopped and the fines need to pay for care of animals. Jail the bad guys and make them pay room and board.


  5. Kathryn Irby says:

    Elephants are NOT ENTERTAINERS!!!! Instead, they should be “allowed” to live within their natural habitats!!!! Ya’ know, like humans are “allowed” to do??? CANCEL THE CIRCUS!!!! LEAVE THE ELEPHANTS ALONE!!!

  6. Why would anyone want to host a circus, now that the TRUTH about their horrible exploitation of and cruelty toward the poor animals is widely known and available to view/read about? Supporting and promoting circuses is WILLING PARTICIPATION IN EGREGIOUS ANIMAL CRUELTY.
    Why all circuses have not been shut down is beyond me.

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