Demand Church Cancel Plans with Circus

Target: Reverend Alexander Masluk, Pastor of Saint Martha Church

Goal: Stop Saint Martha Church from hosting the Zerbini Family Circus.

Saint Martha Church in Philadelphia has plans to host the Zerbini Family Circus despite accusations of wrongdoing. It is time to stop supporting the circus and exploiting these wild animals for profit.

The Zerbini Family Circus has a long list of alleged Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations. This includes alleged citations for not providing shade for animals in the open sun, transporting wild animals without proper documentation, housing animals in improper and dangerous shelter, and failing to properly control the insects which covered camels’ faces. In addition, the USDA licensee for the Zerbini Family Church has been cited for numerous violations including holding animals in too small of cages, failing to provide proper veterinary care, and not maintaining enclosures which led to the death of one lion, according to reports.

Sign this petition and demand Saint Martha Church cancel its plans with the Zerbini Family Circus.


Dear Reverend Masluk,

Your church currently has plans to host the Zerbini Family Circus. The circus has allegedly racked up a rather extensive list of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations and it is time to stop exploiting these animals for profit.

The Zerbini Family Circus has been reportedly cited for numerous violations. This includes alleged citations for not providing relief from the blazing sun, transporting animals without proper documentation, housing animals in dangerous shelter, failing to provide proper veterinary care, holding animals in too small of cages, not maintaining enclosures which led to the death of a lion, and failing to properly control the insects which covered the camels’ faces.

Please consider canceling your plans with the Zerbini Family Circus. Animals in the entertainment industry are denied everything that is natural to them and face a variety of mental and physical hardships daily. These animals deserve so much more than to languish behind bars and be forced to perform ridiculous tricks.


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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Wild Animals are not meant to be ENTERTAINERS, NOR TO BE EXPLOITED!!! Do NOT host the Zerbini Family Circus!!!

  2. Sonja Beyer says:

    Animals are also God’s creatures. Why does the church not help them instead of exploiting them in this shameful way? I have yet to hear any Pope or any other high church official preach about animals’ tretment or welfare at the hands of human beings!

  3. Why in 2017 we still do what ancient people did in barbaric times?? We’re not Stone Age or cavemen anymore, science have shown that animals feel everything a human can feel unlike the past where they thought animals didnt have feelings, why this is even still allowed to happen & a church ??? Well religions are hypocrites anyway

  4. Sushila Shah says:

    Try as I might, I can’t imagine Jesus going to a circus, or enjoying cruelty to animals. These hypocritical so-called “religious” folk need to learn true respect for God’s creatures,human and non-human.

  5. It’s terrible that a church would willingly support cruelty to animals. Why would they do this? Well, Christianity is based on the doctrine of SACRIFICE for sins. In the Old Testament it was of course REQUIRED by YAHWEH to sacrifice thousands upon thousands of animals, and the sacrifices were – as we now know – TORTUROUS for the poor animals. So Christians generally accept that hurting and killing animals is OK with God. Very few Christians are ethical vegetarians or vegans.

  6. To the Reverend,

    Please do the right thing and not host the Zerbini Family Circus. This is simply a show of animal cruelty.

    Thank you.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  8. Maij Carter says:

    Why does a church need to have a circus to get it’s parishioners to enter the church. The reverend needs to rethink this one. Animals are not for entertainment!

  9. What a kind of “CHURCH” is this ??

    O M G

    WHO IS IT?

    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

  10. I can’t imagine how church goers can even entertain the idea of using live animals to laugh at! I can understand they need something- the church being so self righteous, boring and greedy. Is it any wonder that the congregations are leaving in droves. So the answer to bums on seats is hiring a circus. Is there anything more ridiculous and inhumane? What next-live flogging in the sermon or choristers in the nude?

  11. Estelle Sulverstein says:

    Please, you surely know Saint Francis of Assisi would never approve of GOD’s creatures to suffer in this way in Circuses. Please do not host this. Remember Compassion!! Please

  12. Sir – Who is your God?

    Does not the Bible teach respect for all life? Animals are not here to entertain but are a vital part of Nature – Creation!

    • Actually….the Bible doesn’t really teach respect for all life. Especially in the Old Testament. Various groups of people as well as animals were to be mercilessly slaughtered; slavery was ok and beating slaves was fine in certain cases. And on and on. Just read it for yourself if you want.
      These church people are not being inconsistent with their religion.

  13. Darlene Avery says:

    A church????? Really, where is your compassion and empathy for these poor animals? You think it okay for them to perform for your entertainment? Shame on you!!!!!!!!

  14. S.Browning says:

    No church should host a circus. Cruel, brutal and hell for animals.

    Ban this circus event, please. No cruelty in church!

  15. michelle taylor says:

    Religious scumbags have no compassion for animals!Shame on these vile cretins.

  16. Anne Stph says:

    Does this “Church” really believe the Holy God who created all these animals for humans to care for, appreciate and bless anyone involved in the torture and mistreatment of those animals?? More likely, Satan is the one motivating these greedy, cold-blooded, exploitive Church people and their business associate. These parishioners should find another Church!

    • If one takes a good look at Christianity, God himself actually approved of animal cruelty. When God was angry with people, he drowned every creature that breathes, in the flood. Gen. 7:21-23 When he sent plagues on Egypt, some of them were put on animals. Plague #6 for example – he sent boils and blains upon man and beast. Exodus 9:9-12
      There are many more examples in the Bible for those who look. Yahweh didn’t seem to particularly like animals.

  17. Religion and animal cruelty go hand in hand.

  18. Where’s the auto-fill? I have asked for it enough bloody times, up top where the log in is, it is marked REMEMBER ME, I wonder why? You want me to help then you help me too, don’t be so ignorant.

  19. Lindsey Tanner says:

    Vegetarian Christian here. Just signed the petition. Animals should not be cruelly treated, in circuses or anywhere else.

  20. Churches over all don’t give a shit about animals,they are classed as second class and don’t really matter.What hypocrites they are,we are all GODS CREATURES so an animals life should be just as important as a humans.The church in this case is supporting animal cruelty and for so called Christians that is bloody despicable…

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