Don't Bring Back Animal Acts to the Melha Shrine Circus!
Trained with bullhooks and electric prods. Crammed into tiny enclosures without enough room for proper exercise. Forced to perform tricks for jeering crowds. This is the sad life of a circus elephant.
The Melha Shrine Circus did a wonderful thing last year — they stopped using animal acts in their show. Unfortunately, they have decided that a show without animals isn't profitable enough. This year they are once again forcing elephants and tigers to perform in their circus.
When Sheryl found out about this shocking reversal, she was so upset that she created a Care2 petition demanding that the Melha Shrine Circus go animal-free once again. Will you sign her petition?
For years, animal lovers like you have been calling on circuses to stop using animals in their shows. There is no disputing that the training techniques are barbaric. But even if there were a way to train elephants to balance on a stool without hurting them, they would still be in a circus.
The elephants and tigers in the Melha Shrine Circus belong in the wild, or at the very least in a certified sanctuary where they have space to roam in a natural setting. No circus will ever be able to meet the needs of wild animals, no matter how humane they claim to be.
If the Melha Shrine Circus lost business last year because they didn't include animals in their show, then they should find better acts featuring humans. The Los Angeles and Dallas Shrine Circuses stopped using animals years ago, and have managed to make money.