I have recently become aware of the intentions of Walker International Events to bring their circus to Springfield. I urge and implore you please stop to consider the life of a circus animal: chained, caged, forced to live in cramped and totally unsuitable housing, and hauled from town to town in a “beast wagon.”
Regardless of the number of generations that wild animals have been in captivity, captive-born wild animals do not lose the instincts and needs of wild animals. They retain their natural instincts to socialize and to roam freely. Circuses deny captive-born wild animals of their need to exhibit their natural behaviors.
Vermonters should join those advocating for the freedom of circus animals and continue to fight to end this industry’s exploitation of animals who have no business being forced to travel and perform ridiculous tricks for our entertainment.
Equally important is to consider the safety of the patrons. There have been countless recorded incidents throughout the U.S. and Europe where patrons have been injured when one of the animals has escaped or been injured causing havoc and chaos.
Vermont children should not be exposed to this kind of cruelty and unsafe entertainment. They should be taught to respect and demand humane treatment of all animals whether domestic, exotic or wild.
PRISCILLA SMITH TRUDEAU
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