Stop Using Caged Animals at Summer Festivals

Caged Lion

Target: Todd Johnston, Portland Rose Festival President

Goal: End the use of caged animals at the Portland Rose Festival

Many summer festivals still use wild or exotic caged animals as entertainment, a cruel and inhumane practice. The Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon is one festival that does still use caged animals, and this practice needs to end. The city of Portland advertises “rare exotic animals” as an attraction at the festival.

At the Portland Rose Festival a lion was reportedly kept in a small cage for several weeks on site at the festival. The lion would pace back and forth and claw at the bars of the cage in a desperate attempt to escape. The lion endured many nights of loud booming fireworks, crowds, and blasting music. A lion in its natural habitat would have about 100 square miles of grassland or open woodlands to prowl and explore. A stark contrast to the glorified box they find themselves in as festival “entertainment.”

Animals kept in cages are known to pace, and often suffer serious mental repercussions. Studies show that caged wild animals break down mentally over time, exhibiting abnormal psychotic behavior, similar to a patient kept in a small, empty room in a mental hospital, rocking back and forth. These animals are deprived of their natural homeland, social interaction, and outlets for their natural instinctual skills.

Caging and torturing wild animals for “entertainment” purposes at festivals such as the Portland Rose Festival is a cruel and inhumane practice that needs to end now. Urge the organizers of the Portland Rose Festival to stop using caged animals at the Oregon festival.


Dear Todd Johnston,

Please stop using caged animals as “entertainment” at the Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. Caged animals suffer immensely, and seeing their mental and physical breakdown is not entertaining. The lion, for example, that was caged for this year’s festival endured nights of booming fireworks and loud, blasting music. The lion was seen pacing back and forth, exhibiting abnormal psychotic behavior, clawing at the cage in a desperate attempt to be released. Studies show that caged animals suffer mental breakdowns similar to that of a patient being held in an institution.

Lions naturally have more than 100 square miles of grassland or open woodland to call home, to explore and move freely. To be caged in such a small enclosure in a crowded, loud, unfamiliar environment is cruel and inhumane. Find alternative entertainment and release the caged animals back into the wild where they can be free and thrive.


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Photo credit: Matt Reinbold via Flickr

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  1. J Davidson says:

    No living being wants to be confined in a cage and it is horrible suffering for both humans and animals. why are we imprisoning these innocent animals?

  2. What do all our infantile, ignorant, hypocrital and imbecilic actions tell about our species?

    Surely nothing that’s even close to civilized, intelligent, superior, compassionate or even forward thinking!

  3. marianne johansen says:

    wild animals are WILD not amusement creatures

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