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Petition Title: Protect Animals in Circuses
Current Number of Supporters: 1
Total Faxes Sent: 1

Subject: Protect Animals in Circuses

Dear [Your Congressman/Senator Inserted Here]

In the wild, elephants roam in large social herds for miles per day. They eat fresh vegetation and bathe in mud holes. In circuses, they live lives of confinement, shackled in box cars, eat bland diets of hay, and denied everything natural to them. They travel in all weather extremes. Taking elephants from the wild to perform in circuses often means separating baby elephants and their mothers, which is very traumatic for animals with such strong social bonds.

The elephants are trained with torture. They are trained by being beaten with an ankus (bullhook) and shocked with electric prods even though an elephant’s skin is so sensitive, she can feel an insect bite. Undercover footage at Carson and Barnes Circus shows an elephant trainer saying, “Don’t touch ‘em. Hurt ‘em…Make ‘em scream!…Sink that hook into ‘em…when you hear that screaming, then you know you’ve got their attention!” [https://archive.org/details/Training_and_tragedy-Elephants_in_Circuses].

There are many circuses that only use willing human performers. Numerous countries have banned or severely restricted circuses that use animals—including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Peru, Mexico, and India, just to name a few. It’s time for the U.S. to be next. A bill to ban circuses that use animals, H.R. 1759, The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, is pending in Congress. Please co-sponsor H.R. 1759.

Author: William McMullin
Subject: Protect Animals in Circuses
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