Circus Animals Need You to Be Their Voice!

The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act!
Action is Needed to Pass HR 3359

Part One

Gracey , The Tiniest Tiger in Circus Wagon

Photo by Joanne McGonagle

This is the type of wagon that is used to confine our big cat cousins for days on end while traveling with the circus.  In addition to the extreme confinement, the animals are subjected to brutality as well as food and water deprivation.  There is documented evidence to support that the training methods used for the performance tricks involves pain and punishment.

Now is the time for us to be the voice for these animals!

    Break the Chain is a campaign dedicated to bring an end to circus animal suffering in the United States, led by Animal Defenders International.
    This week they are asking if there is just one thing you have time to do for animals, please ask your member of Congress to support HR 3359.

Animal Defenders International  gives us the following reasons why:

We are more aware than ever  that circus animals suffer from violent training techniques and extreme confinement  from continually being  on the road.

Animals in traveling circuses endure confinement, physical and social deprivation, long, arduous journeys, brutal control methods and physical violence.

Investigations have documented a pattern of physical violence, where routine training methods involve pain and punishment, and animals are forced to perform silly unnatural tricks out of fear.

The training tools of the circus trade include bullhooks, a heavy bar with a sharpened point and hook used on elephants, electric prods, whips and other weapons.

Large animals like lions and tigers spend their lives cramped in small cages, and elephants are forced to live chained by one or more legs for hours and hours on end.

Traveling circuses pose a serious threat to public safety, and keeping wild animals confined under duress in dangerously close proximity to the public has proven disastrous.

Circus workers, and members of the public, including children, have been killed and maimed by circus animals. Lions, tigers and elephants have all escaped.

Countries around the world such as Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Costa Rica, Singapore, Peru, Bolivia and others have taken action to ban wild animals from traveling circuses, and a similar measure is being discussed right now in the United Kingdom.

Cities across the country have also passed ordinances prohibiting circus animal performances in the interest of protecting animals and the public.

Please work within Congress to prevent wild animals from suffering in traveling circuses here in the United States.

Bob Barker addressing Congress sums up why we need to support HR 3359.


Please don’t let the day they die be the best day of their lives.

Click here to urge your member of Congress to support HR 3359.

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  1. Gypsy_155 says

    i am going too give my voice too zoo animals

  2. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and showing us how to take action! Contacting my Congressman now to support HR 3359! 

  3. ” . . . used to confine . . . ” How do they travel now?

  4. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. Signed and sent.

  5. Thanks so much Gracey for posting this important information about HR 3359 and how we can support this bill for circus animals who desperately need help.

    • thetiniesttiger says

      Thank you Dee.  I am posting part two tomorrow with your photos that you were so nice to let me share.

  6. We are on top of it, Gracey!!!  Thanks for showing us how to help!