Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Massachusetts Week of Action-January 15-19th

Posted: 10 January 2018


If you live in Massachusetts, below you will find actions for you to take during our week of action, January 15-19th,† to support Massachusetts bill S.490, to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.

Circus animals are counting on you to take action for them this week, so please join ADI, fellow supporters, and other animal protection groups to stop circus suffering in Massachusetts.

We need your help to make it a success!

ADI worked closely with Senator Tarr and local advocates to draft and introduce S.490; at the hearing last year however, industry voices loudly voiced their opposition, and largely stalled the billís progress. To move, S.490 must have the support of constituent voices. Nine MA localities have already passed ordinances that, like S.490, ban all traveling wild/exotic animal acts (Braintree, Cambridge, Plymouth, Pittsfield, Provincetown, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Weymouth).

Help end outdated, cruel, and dangerous traveling animal acts Ė let your legislators know that Massachusetts wants to stop circus suffering!

Take Action!

Monday:†Send this email to 5 friends and ask them to take action

Tuesday:††Arrange to meet with your senator
If you have yet to do so, please request a meeting in your senatorís district office.
Find your senatorís contact information here.
We will provide support to help you prepare for a successful meeting, including legislative briefings covering the issues - training, transport, health and public safety, regulatory oversight, and economics. Contact us at††or call†323-935-2234.

Wednesday:† Contact the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Find Senator Gobiís contact information here. Urge Sen. Gobi to schedule a hearing and vote in support of S.490.

Thursday:† Spread the word on social media!
Share our week of action Facebook posts and tweets with your friends and followers.

Friday:† Contact the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Contact each Committee member to urge their support for S.490.

Find the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture here.

Studies on the use of wild animals in traveling acts show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are deprived of their physical and social needs, confined in small spaces, spending excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. They often demonstrate abnormal behaviors - rocking, swaying, and pacing - indicating they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADIís video evidence shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

Together, we can stop the suffering.†Thank you so much for making a difference for animals this week!

© Animal Defenders International 2018