Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International


Posted: 25 January 2017. Updated: 27 January 2017

Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauds Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach on the reintroduction of his bill, to prohibit traveling wild & exotic animal acts. ADI has been honored to work with Senator Leach and his staff on the bill, reflecting increasing public recognition that these acts are both cruel and dangerous.

The Feld organization recently announced its closure of Ringling Bros. circuses, citing decreased ticket sales over the last decade, a change in views from audiences, admitting that “It isn’t relevant to people in the same way.”

ADI President Jan Creamer said “ADI worked closely with Senator Leach on this effort and we know how determined he is to protect wild animals and the public from these cruel and dangerous acts. ADI’s evidence of the suffering and abuse of wild animals in circuses shows that these shows simply cannot meet the needs of wild animals in lightweight, small and mobile accommodation."

Sponsor PA State Senator Leach said “To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. This suffering is hidden from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. But now the secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.”

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe notes "There is little or no educational, conservational, research or economic benefit derived from the use of wild mammals in travelling circuses that might justify their use. In addition to the welfare considerations, the use of wild mammals in circuses can represent serious animal health and public health and safety risks.”

A comprehensive 2016 scientific review considered the latest science and consulted 658 experts and organizations around the world (including industry representatives), to ultimately conclude that for wild animals, this is not “a life worth living.”

Once a ban is in place, ADI has offered to assist with the relocation of circus animals should the need arise. Despite assurances from the circus industry, the physical and psychological health of animals in circuses is inevitably compromised. Animals in circuses are routinely subjected to brutal training methods and violence.

ADI has led the campaign to expose the suffering and educate the public around the world, providing video evidence, prosecutions, and expert reviews. 34 nations have reviewed the evidence and taken action to end traveling circus performances. Across 27 states in the US, 68 jurisdictions have already decided to either ban or restrict the use of wild animals in traveling shows, due to concerns about public safety and animal welfare.

ADI is also supporting the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA), introduced to Congress last November by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), The congressmen concluded that ending wild animal use is the only practical approach to deal with public safety issues and inspection and oversight problems repeatedly cited by the Office of the Inspector General.

Following bans on the use of animals in circuses in Peru and Colombia, ADI worked with both governments to remove over 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade last year, including lions, bears, monkeys, a tiger, and others. ADI rehabilitated the animals and rehomed them to their natural habitats. These rescues were popular with the public and show what can be achieved with legislators and animal protection organizations cooperating.

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