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 Animal circuses are inhumane, outdated and they should be a thing of the past.”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.
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