1. Write letters to those promoting a cruel circus.
This includes hosting fraternal organization, business sponsors,
retailers who are selling tickets or passing out free coupons, and
newspapers, TV and radio stations that are advertising performances.
2. Offer to meet with sponsors. Show them photos
or videos of the cruel treatment animals receive in the circus.
Inform them of any Animal Welfare Act violations the circus they
support has incurred.
3. If further action is needed, create a petition
and get community members to sign it. Then send it to the sponsors.
4. Get your friends and neighbors to call the
sponsors and voice their disapproval of the establishment's support
of animal cruelty.
5. Initiate a boycott of the local sponsors.
SAMPLE LETTER TO CIRCUS SPONSORS
Name of recipient of letter
Title of recipient
Name of company or organization
Address of company or organization
Dear Sir or Madam [or their name if you know it]:
I am writing to ask you to retract your sponsorship
of the [name of circus] Circus.
The [name of circus] Circus uses animals in its
acts. Animals used in circuses always lead extremely stressful
and unnatural lives, and are usually severely beaten and otherwise
abused while they are being trained. Devices designed to stab, gouge,
slash, cut, bruise, shock, and burn animals are standard tools in
training circus animals. Because these are wild animals being taught
to perform difficult, unnatural, and often painful tricks, they
can never be trusted to perform. Because of this, trainers use tactics
that are meant to instill fear and establish dominance on all these
animals; these tactics are necessarily violent and abusive.
Circus animals are confined to tiny cages, railroad
cars, or trucks for up to 50 weeks each year. These enclosures are
barely large enough for the animal to turn around, and in the case
of elephants, the animals are chained for 24 hours a day. These
cages are often dirty, unprotected from the elements, and crowded.
Animals are purposely kept underfed and dehydrated, and it is not
uncommon for circus animals to die from these substandard conditions.
It is commonplace for circuses with animal acts
to receive multiple citations under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
This act provides only minimum protection to animals, such as requiring
that the animal has enough room to turn around, lay down, and stand
up, and that they are not left standing in their own waste. It does
not prohibit the use of any of the barbaric training devices and
methods used to train animals for every circus. Even so, these basic
standards provided by the AWA are routinely violated: [look up the
record of the particular circus in question, describe the citations
it has received, and provide statistics here statistics are
available at www.circuses.com].
Animal circuses and other travelling animal attractions
have been banned from many municipalities because of the danger
these events pose to humans. Circus animals and other captive 'exotic'
animals have been responsible for 132 deaths and hundreds more maulings
and injuries since 1990.
I am a long-time customer of [sponsor name] and
am very disappointed to learn of your support for violent acts of
abuse and barbarism, human or animal. Please discontinue your sponsorship
of the [name of circus] Circus and instead, sponsor one of the humane
all-human circuses. Thank you for your time and consideration.