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5 December 1999 Issue

Start Your Own Petition to Ban Live Animal Circuses in Your Community
Source: artemisd123@hotmail.com

The time is right for animal activists everywhere to circulate petitions in their city, state, or country requesting that circuses with animal acts be banned. (Sample Petition follows below.) Helpful Hints include:

* Make sure only eligible voters sign (over 18-year-old residents),
* Remind people to write legibly,
* Have fliers on the issues on hand (ask your favorite animal rights organization for help),
* Stand outside supermarkets, pet shops, subway stations, etc., to reach the most people. Don't forget to put petitions on any information tables you set up, and
* Encourage group members to collect signatures on their own and RETURN THEM TO YOU.

SAMPLE PETITION:

Whereas animals used in the circus, and other traveling acts, travel thousands of miles each year without water, in railroad cars or trucks neither air-conditioned in summer nor heated in winter;

Whereas animals used in the circus and other traveling acts are forced to stand in their own waste, chained in place for up to 100 hours while being transported from one performance to another, and do not receive the proper care, nutrition, and environmental enrichment required for their well-being;

Whereas animals used in the circus and other traveling acts are highly intelligent, evolved and emotional individual beings and, as such, suffer terribly while being used for human "entertainment"; their basic need for live vegetation or prey, family relationships, and freedom of movement being denied;

Whereas training for animals used in the circus and other traveling acts is almost always based on fear and intimidation (It is not uncommon for elephants to be tied down and beaten for days at a time with clubs, shocked with electric prods, stabbed with sharp hooks and whipped. Exotic cats and bears are whipped, choked, and beaten; their noses broken and paws burned with cigarette lighters to get them to balance on their hind legs, jump through fiery hoops and perform other unnatural acts);

Whereas animals used in the circus and other traveling acts have struck back out of understandable despair, frustration, and rage, causing over 100 human deaths and mutilations since 1990;

WE, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED RESIDENTS OF (fill in the name of your community), DO NOT FIND CIRCUSES AND TRAVELING ACTS USING ANIMALS WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT AND URGE OUR (commissioners, city council, or other) TO, IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY, MORE EFFICIENT USE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY, AND THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, PASS AN ANIMAL DISPLAY BAN.

PRINT: NAME
SIGNATURE
ADDRESS(include zip)
PHONE(optional)

For further information, including how to strategize, make a FOIA request, approach your Mayor, develop a public library/city hall display, etc.,
contact Shannon Slavin at SHANNONS@PETA-Online.org

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