Oppose Cruel Animal Circuses

Target: Chris Smith, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International

Goal: End the use of animal acts in all Shriners’ circuses.

Shriners International has chapters all over the world and it is known for its annual circuses. Unfortunately, many of the chapters still use animals in their circuses. Demand Shriners International live up to its motto of being “dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others” by dropping cruel animal acts.

Animals trapped in the circus are basically denied everything natural to them. They are often taken from the wild away from their families, kept in small cages for extended periods of time, and put through a grueling training process that typically involves abuse and neglect. The animals are forced to do ridiculous tricks in front of large, loud crowds which are physically and mentally debilitating.

Sign this petition and demand Shriners International ban animal acts in all the circuses in each chapter. These animals belong in the wild, not trapped in the circus putting on shows for humans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Smith,

Shriners International is “dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others,” however, chapters all over the world still use animals in their circuses. Forcing animals to perform ridiculous tricks is far from compassionate and it is time to stop this unnecessary cruelty.

Animals used in the circus suffer mentally and physically. They are often kept in small cages for extended periods of time and go through a grueling training process that typically involves abuse and neglect. They are trained to do unnatural and uncomfortable tricks, sometimes in absurd outfits, while a large crowd chants and jeers.

Please consider banning animal acts in all Shriners’ circuses. These animals belong in the wild, playing with friends and soaking up sunshine, not forced to entertain humans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. It’s horrible that the Shriners are still persisting in exploiting and abusing animals by using them in their circuses. They remind me of SeaWorld – many protests and complaints, but they still persist.
    Why they are allowed legally to abuse these animals? Why haven’t they been charged with animal cruelty and prosecuted?

  2. It’s not too late to do the right thing; the Shriners can stand up and use only non-animal acts in their circuses.

  3. Kathryn Irby says:

    ANIMALS ARE NOT ENTERTAINERS, NOR ARE THEY MEANT TO BE EXPLOITED!!! SHUT DOWN ALL CIRCUSES PERMANENTLY!!!

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