[Note from All-Creatures.org: See VICTORY - Moscow International Circus Suspends Animal Acts]
Nearing the 20th "anniversary" of Tyke's murder, please urge the Blaisdell Center and the Moscow International Circus to put animal welfare and public safety first by leaving all wild animal acts out of the show.
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Producer, Moscow International Circus
phone (941) 320-9491
fax (808) 768-5433
Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Post a comment on the Blaisdell Center's Facebook page
Just before an August 20, 1994, circus performance at the Neal S.
Blaisdell Center, Tyke, an African elephant, killed a trainer, seriously
injured a groomer, and fled the arena, running through the streets of
Honolulu for more than 30 minutes. After law enforcement shot Tyke with 86
bullets, she collapsed dead in the street. This tragedy broke hearts across
the country, united animal activists, and became forever symbolic of circus
tragedies. Now, for the first time since Tyke's death, the Blaisdell Center
is planning to allow a circus with wild animal acts to return to the venue.
The Moscow International Circus is scheduled to perform at the Blaisdell Center from October 3 to 5, and while the circus says that it is leaving elephant acts out of its show, other wild animalsóincluding big catsówill be included. Captive big cats kill an average of one person every year in the United States and injure 10 more. Even the best, most experienced handler cannot predict a wild animal's behavior. Remember the tiger attack on Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy?
The use of big cats in circus acts is not only dangerous but also cruel. Lions and tigers don't naturally jump through fiery hoops or balance on their hind legs. They are beaten into submission and forced under the threat of punishment to perform these unnatural and confusing tricks. Whips, tight collars, muzzles, and sedation are often used to control the animals, and they are punched, kicked, whipped, and screamed at when deemed "uncooperative." When intelligent, frustrated animals rebel against abuse, they attack trainers and sometimes lash out at bystanders, which the Blaisdell Center witnessed when abused and frightened Tyke fought back.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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