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Originally Posted: 23 September 2011
ABC recently announced a new program in development called Bazirkus, which, according to Deadline Hollywood, is a soap opera "based loosely" on Nicole Feld of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Feld is the producer of the circus owned by her father, Kenneth Feld. The show would feature a "fictional circus" modeled after Ringling, which is notorious for its abuse of animals, and would likely feature live wild animals in its production.
Please send a message to ABC, urging the company to abandon the development of Bazirkus, a program that would only glorify circus-animal abusers.
Sign an online petition:
I am horrified that ABC is considering a series that will glorify the circus and possibly even use and abuse animals, just as Ringling Bros. does.
There is a mountain of evidence that Ringling's animals suffer near-constant confinement, beating, and are forced to perform despite illness and injury. Babies are forcibly torn from their mothers for training.
If ABC develops and airs Bazirkus, you will lose many viewers, including myself, to networks that don't glorify animal abuse.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!