Urge UniverSoul Circus to End All Cruel Animal Acts
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally ended its elephant acts, bullhook and exotic-animal bans are cropping up around the country, and other circuses, such as the Melha Shrine Circus in Massachusetts, are committing to going completely animal-free. These are monumental steps toward ending the archaic practice of forcing animals to perform confusing tricks under the threat of pain and fear. Join PETA in asking UniverSoul Circus to follow suit and eliminate all animal acts from its performances!
UniverSoul Circus has a long history of contracting with notorious animal abusers who have lengthy records of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations. It has worked with Hugo Liebel, who has been racking up AWA violations concerning his treatment of the ailing elephant Nosey for two decades. It also contracts with big-cat exhibitor Mitchel Kalmanson, who was cited twice within four months for denying exercise and space to big cats while with UniverSoul. The cages were reportedly too small for the cats to make normal postural adjustments, and a handler admitted that the animals were kept caged 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the entire four to seven weeks that they were on the road and sometimes longer. In addition, two elephants currently on the road with UniverSoul—Betty and Bo, who are exhibited by Larry Carden—have yielded over five years of reactive tuberculosis (TB) tests, suggesting that they are likely TB-positive. These elephants risk exposing arena and circus workers, members of the public, and other animals to TB.
UniverSoul is known for having some of the best human talent around, and it’s high time that it followed the lead of other big-name circuses by recognizing the change in consumer attitude and eliminating animal acts now. Please take action today for animals who are forced to travel with UniverSoul.
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