Ban Cruel Traveling Animal Performances in the USA!

Circuses have been allowed to cage exotic animals and ship them from town to town, hundreds of days per year, making money off of their chronic suffering. Elephants, tigers, camels, lions, monkeys and so many others are denied their natural instincts and behaviors. Packed into trucks and trailers, more suffering awaits them at every destination. They are coerced to repeat performances often learned through physical abuse and fear, accompanied by loud music, light shows, and screeching audiences. Neither children or adults learn anything about who the animals really are, or how to respect or protect them. The lack of exercise, long confinement in small transport vehicles, and unnatural life causes extreme physical and psychological stress. We can end this!

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA), introduced by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and championed largely by Animal Defenders International, is a bill in the House of Representatives that - if passed - would ban the use of wild animals in U.S. circuses and traveling performances. The country of Guatemala just passed a similar piece of legislation. We can to!

What you can do:



Please contact your Representative today and ask him or her to amend the Animal Welfare Act by supporting H.R.1759!

1) Call your one US Representative and say, "As a constituent, I strongly urge you to support Bill H.R. 1759, the "Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act." Wild animals suffer in traveling circuses. Congress is uniquely responsible for the abusive interstate commerce that endangers public safety, increases disease transmission, and requires welfare monitoring at increased cost to taxpayers. Please co-sponsor and vote 'yes' for me."

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Ban Wild and Exotic Animals in Traveling Circuses!

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