Do Not Send Ringling’s Tigers to Another Circus

Target: Jim Kurth, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Do not grant Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus a permit to ship its tigers overseas.

The controversial Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally held its last show, which gave the public hope that the animals under their control would now live a better life. Unfortunately, Ringling is allegedly trying to obtain a permit to ship its tigers to a circus in Germany. These animals have suffered long enough and it is time to give them the life they deserve.

Life at Ringling was a “nightmare” for these tigers according to an undercover report. Reportedly, the animals were often kept in small cages and confined closely together. Tigers are loners and the close quarters sparked many fights between the animals. In addition to the physical issues, these animals also suffered mentally. The animal trainer who led the undercover investigation reported that the tigers displayed many signs of distress and would flinch away whenever a whip or prod was lifted.

The circus Ringling is trying to send its tigers to, the Zirkus Crone in Munich, also has a history of alleged animal abuse and neglect. Sign this petition and demand these tigers are brought to a sanctuary where they can happily live out the rest of their days.


Dear Mr. Kurth,

Reportedly, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has filed for a permit to send its tigers to Zirkus Crone, another circus in Germany that has a questionable history in regards to animal welfare. These animals have already suffered enough. It is time to retire them to an accredited sanctuary where they can happily live out the rest of their days.

Between the mental and physical strain of performing ridiculous tricks in front of large crowds and the stress of captivity, these tigers have suffered greatly. An undercover investigation was held examining what life is like for the big cats in the circus, and according to reports, it is a “nightmare.” The tigers were often kept in small, bare cages right next to other tigers, which sparked fights since tigers live alone in the wild. In addition, reports stated that the tigers displayed fear every time a whip or prod was lifted, suggesting that these animals have been abused and beaten. Many of the tigers have countless scars all over their bodies from these various incidents.

Please do not grant Ringling a permit to send these animals to yet another miserable life trapped in the circus. These animals have suffered long enough and it is time to bring them to a sanctuary and let them live out their lives the way nature intended.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Don’t give Ringing Bros. an option of transporting these animals to another prison–namely, another circus. Instead, have them transferred to a sanctuary, where they won’t have to act as ENTERTAINERS!!!! This is nothing short of blatant Animal Abuse, and these animals deserve better than such treatment.

  2. This is absolutely obscene! These poor animals have been abused enough, and now it’s time for them to go to a sanctuary. Greedy bastards, making more and more money out of these unfortunate animals..shame on them!



  5. ringling brothers is a sham of an entertainment organization! How about we shut them up for good! How DARE they try this underhanded, lousy trick!!! They should be ashamed of themselves for all of the years they’ve made INNOCENT AND MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS SUFFER!!!!! Fine them in the millions and send the heads of this organization to prison for 20 years, IN A TINY CAGE!

  6. These poor animals who have suffered years of imprisonment, exploitation and cruelty at the hands of Ringling Brothers do NOT deserve to be sent to another circus to be further abused. This is an appalling and disgusting move by the greedy Ringling Brothers.
    Circuses are a horrifyingly brutal business. They should all be shut down and the owners should be charged with animal cruelty. Why this is not happening – it seems worldwide – I cannot fathom.

  7. its time to retire the tigers, and send to a sanctuary now!

  8. No, don’t send the tigers to another circus! Send them to a big cat sanctuary.

    But you can go right ahead and send all the lIONS straight to another circus, anywhere at all! Yes.

  9. Julie Bates says:

    Sanctuary for these animals NOW…sooner than later u idiots..and for CHRISTS sake do not send them to CHINATOWN BE MADE INTO CHINEESE TIGER BONE VINE.

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