Take Action for Circus Animals!
Most people go to the circus because they love animals—but the hard truth is they’re unwittingly supporting an industry that engages in animal cruelty.
In most circuses, animals are trained through fear and physical abuse. Even former circus employees have stepped up to the plate and reported seeing animals beaten, whipped and denied food and water—all to force them to learn their routines.
Circus animals are deprived even their basic needs to roam, socialize, forage and play. Disturbing behavior such as swaying back and forth, head-bobbing, pacing and self-mutilation are all common signs of distress.
- Don't attend any circus that features wild animals. Instead choose animal-free circuses and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- Ask local school boards to ban circus promotions.Circuses often engage in promotions with schools to encourage class field trips. Be sure to speak out against this!
- Fight for state and federal laws that help protect circus animals. Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to be alerted when it’s time to take action on animal-related legislation.
For a complete list of actions you can take, read our Top 10 Ways to Help Fight Circus Cruelty.