These Celebrities Have a Powerful Message About Animals and Entertainment

Some celebrities are using their star power to send an awesome message: They want to entertain us, animals don’t.

In a video released by Animal Defenders International (ADI), more than a dozen celebrities speak out in support of a federal ban on the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses. The celebrities include Ed Asner, Danny Boyle, Brian Blessed, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Tonya Kay, Kim Mutula, Moby, Eric Roberts, Mindy Sterling, Eric Szmanda, Alexandra Paul and Diane Warren.

The release is timed perfectly for this week’s official reintroduction of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA).

This landmark bill, which is being reintroduced by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (DA-AZ), will end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses in the U.S. forever.

“The captivity of exotic animals has proven over the years to be torturous to some of the most majestic creatures on Earth, and downright dangerous for the people who come to see them.  A growing public understanding of the detrimental impacts on animals and the risks posed to attendees has already changed the face of circuses in America. It is imperative that we meet the call to end this practice once and for all,” Rep. Grijalva said in a statement.

While wild animals have been used in circuses for decades, we now know so much more about what they need to be physically and psychologically healthy, and the evidence shows that traveling circuses can never meet these needs, even with the best of intentions.

Despite defenses of their continued use, research, multiple undercover investigations and media reports have all exposed not only the problems inherent with keeping wild animals in circuses, but also the heartbreaking abuses they’re subjected to both behind the scenes and right out in the open.

Not only does using them as performers come with a number of troubling issues, their exploitation also puts our safety at risk. There have already been numerous serious incidents involving the deaths of animals and trainers, and injuries to members of the public.

According to ADI, which is supporting this bill, 27 states in the U.S., and 71 jurisdictions have already taken action by banning or restricting the use of wild animals in traveling shows, but more needs to be done.

Supporters of this bill argue that the issue needs to be addressed on a federal level. The mobile nature of circuses makes it difficult for law enforcement and inspectors to follow up on incidents and violations of the Animal Welfare Act. This leaves officials virtually incapable of doing anything meaningful to ensure the well-being of animals, or the safety of the public.

“Congress has a responsibility to protect the welfare of animals and ensure public safety. A prohibition on the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses is proportionate, responsible, the least expensive solution to this problem, and long overdue,” said Jorja Fox, who is popularly known as CSI’s Sara Sidle.

TAKE ACTION!

Please show your support by signing and sharing the petition asking Congress to pass the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.

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Kelsey S
Kelsey S1 years ago

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Peggy B1 years ago

TYFS

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Ingrid H
Past Member 1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Ruth S
Ruth S1 years ago

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Carl Rosenstock1 years ago

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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Peggy B
Peggy B1 years ago

Many thanks to all.

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Lisa M1 years ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago

Thanks to all!

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Melania P
Melania P1 years ago

Glad to see famous people doing some good: can you imagine if all famous and rich cared???

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