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Dear White House Members,

I am writing as a constituent to ask for your support of federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses. Such legislation addresses an important issue that gravely concerns me about the welfare of wild animals forced to perform in traveling circuses.

Careful research and detailed undercover investigations have shown the welfare of animals is unacceptably compromised under the confinement and cruel training practices that are inherent in traveling circuses. Wild, stressed animals in close quarters with the public has proven to be a public safety hazard, with escaped animals both maiming and even killing members of the public, including children. It is also estimated that around 12% of Asian and 2% of African elephants in North America have tuberculosis (TB), a disease transmissible from elephants to humans.

Every time we allow a majestic wild animal to be reduced to a cheap circus trick, we are not just turning a blind eye to cruelty, we are advancing the belief that it is acceptable to be inhumane and setting a poor example for our children. Simply put, animal acts in circuses are antiquated and belong in the past. Entertaining contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil prove that the show will go on without abused animals. Cirque du Soleil now has 19 shows in 271 cities, generating an estimated $810 million a year.

Over 20 countries around the world have adopted national legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, with hundreds of local bans in place worldwide ? over 200 in the UK, and hundreds in Europe and South America, as well as Asia. The time is now to act! Please follow the will of your compassionate constituents and be a leader in Congress to work toward protections for circus animals.

Thank you for your public service and I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.


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January 9, 2017
Johana B. from Miami, FL signed.
January 4, 2017
Jane H. from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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Wild animals don't belong in circuses, zoos or anywhere else for the sake of human entertainment. The "tricks" that they are forced to do at the end of a bullhook, electric prod or some other implement of torture, are confusing to them as well as objects of fear as they are subjected to pain and suffering thru these implements day after day. Stop the abuse and confinement. No more circuses!
December 29, 2016
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December 22, 2016
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November 29, 2016
Doneisha V. from Levittown, PA writes:
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It's saddening that these wonderful creatures are being deprived from their families and their homes for the sake of entertainment. They deserve a better life and better future for those to come.
November 28, 2016
Martha C. from Greensboro, NC writes:
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Speak Out for Circus Animals in Greensboro, NC is working diligently to ban wild animals. Currently we are speaking before City Council in Winston-Salem, NC. If you will please support us, please email me and I'll be more than glad to send you information about it and where to email. Thank you. Martha Cecil