Stop Abusing Circus Animals With Electric Prods and Metal Hooks for Entertainment

Target: Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the United States Senate

Goal: Stop the torturing animals for our entertainment and demand a ban on the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses.

Don’t be fooled by the go-lucky attitude of circus entertainment. While it might look to be all fun and games—with animals jumping through hoops and standing on their heads—wild animals do not do these tricks of their own volition. They do them because they are afraid of what will happen if they don’t.

Elephants, bears, tigers, and other circus animals are subjected to extreme mental and physical duress throughout the training process. Animals are coerced into performing by being repeatedly beaten with whips, electric prods, and bullhooks—a stout pole with a sharp hook at one end. These wild animals are forced to travel, sometimes year round, with minimal access to veterinary care or other basic necessities. Elephants are shackled in chains, and big cats are shoved in cramped, filthy cages.

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act has recently been reintroduced to Congress. If passed, this act will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and save thousands of elephants, tigers, lions, and tigers from abuse. Demand an end to this routine cruelty and encourage legislators to support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.


Dear Senator Schumer,

Elephants, bears, tigers, and other animals used in circuses suffer severe physical and psychological abuse. These animals are beaten with electric prods and sharp hooks in order to force them to perform unnatural tricks for human entertainment. When not performing, these wild animals are shackled in chains and shoved in small, filthy cages where they eat, sleep, and defecate.

There is, however, hope for circus animals. Although there is currently little int the way of legal protections for these animals—the government currently doesn’t even monitor training sessions for abuse—the recent reintroduction of the traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act brings with it the promise of an end to the suffering. If passed, this act will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses, carnivals, or parades.

We are asking you, Senator Schumer, to support this legislation and help bring an end to this cruel and unusual practice.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: ~Pawsitive~Candie_N


  1. KELLY KRAMER says:

    Enough animal abuse! Speciesism is despicable!

  2. Enough animal abuse. Stop circuses completely!

  3. Where’s proof on the prods? I’m well aware on the other two but not convinced on the prods.

  4. Melinda Maddox says:

    This should have been against the law years ago.
    Please help these poor animals

  5. Michelle Stewart says:

    All circuses all over the world must be banned from having any type of animal shows. Having any animals in any circus must be made illegal all over the world

  6. Manitou Calmstorm says:

    Circus’ need to center attention on ONLY clowns, acrobatics and other things HUMANS can/will do.

    If animals were meant to perform as circus lackies, they would have been made aware on how to do so. Make these barbaric fools jump through hoops and other humiliating embarrassments.

    Treat animals as you want to be treated. They were here first.

  7. Shirley Lemieux says:

    There is no need for wild animals to be used for entertainment purposes in circuses. They can be replaced with other family fun filled entertainment that does not involve these animals. That is no life for tigers, elephants, and monkeys, to be imprisoned and abused for life just so they can be used for “acts” in circuses. It is selfish for any human being to think otherwise.

  8. STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY and do it to your self!

  9. Circus must be 100% human. The shows involving animals are no fun at all, even if you dont care for animal wellfare ! let alone if you do, it’s disturbing to watch how these beautiful creatures are tortured to do stupid useless acts against nature. this has to STOP !! Our world needs compassion, love, kindness, wisdom and peace for all living creature.

  10. Patricia Wicker says:


  11. Alicia Calloway says:

    The cruelty needs to end!!!!!

  12. Jennifer L FINIZIO says:

    Animal abuse is NOT entertainment. Who goes to these circuses and carnivals anymore? How clueless can you be.

  13. Doreen Mort says:

    This abuse must stop this is not entertainment. These animal belong in their own countries and surroundings.

  14. STOP using, abusing, exploiting REAL Animals — it’s a LIVING HELL for them — they LOSE while Humans GAIN — NO MORE Live Animals for entertainment — STOP the depraved indifference & cruelty

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