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L.A. Circus Is Animal-Free For The First Time in 88 Years

L.A. Circus Is Animal-Free For The First Time in 88 Years

For the first time in 88 years, no wild animals will be on stage at the annual Los Angeles Shrine Circus, scheduled April 11 to 13 at The Shrine Center in L.A.

According to The Los Angeles Daily News, Ed Stewart, the President of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), commented on the Shriners’ change of heart: “No matter the Shriners’ decision to go animal-free this year, it’s an important sign of the times. Animal circuses are inhumane, outdated and they should be a thing of the past.” The United States is behind other European and South American countries that banned the use of wild animals in circuses.

Incidentally, in March, elephants at the Shriner’s Circus in St. Louis, Missouri escaped from the show when they were spooked by loud noises from the circus attendees. They ran out into the parking lot and damaged many cars of circus patrons before they were captured. They were back on stage for the next performance.

The Shrine Circus travels to over 120 cities in the U.S. and 40 in Canada. Please consider signing the Care2 petition to encourage Shrine Circus to stop using wild animals in all of their shows.

What do you think of animal-free circuses? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.

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3:43PM PDT on Mar 23, 2015

signed, thanks for sharing :)

2:48PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Are the circuses able to survive this way.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014


11:44AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014


4:56PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Big ups to Los Angeles for going animal free. Contrast that to here in Hawai'i, where we have grizzly bear and sea lions acts for the 50th State Fair.

5:53AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Fantastic News, it is amazing what "People Pressure" can achieve. Well Folks it is time to put the "pressure" on the rest of the Circuses who use these beautiful creatures as "zoo exhibits".

5:14AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Amen to that.

5:47PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Great News, but lets make it EVERY DAY!!

2:53PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014


6:47AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Awesome...wish this happened more......

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