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The Show Must (Not) Go On!

Written by PETA | May 6, 2010

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Oh, Canada … today we sing the praises of Marystown, Newfoundland, which recently put out a stop sign for cruel animal acts by joining dozens of other cities and banning acts that use exotic animals.

Marystown reportedly banned the use of animals for human entertainment because its residents fear that animals in circuses are being mistreated. It sounds like someone on the City Council got ahold of PETA’s recent undercover investigation, which documented that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus handlers whipped tigers and hit elephants over and over with bullhooks.

Forward-thinking Marystown Mayor Sam Synard even acknowledged that forcing animals into artificial environments causes them “irreparable harm.” To thank Mayor Synard, we sent him a letter today (and I’m sure the elephants and tigers would have signed it, too, if they had opposable thumbs).

If you haven’t seen the spectacular Cirque du Soleil or any of the other amazing animal-free circuses, what in the world are you waiting for?

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Except for their policy on the seal hunt Canada is a lovely country. I have given serious thought to moving there.

  • John J says:

    This is a good thing I guess but Aneliese your comment is distressing. As a Canadian I ask you this is the only reason you can find to be proud of your country? I can list hundreds of reasons to love Canada. Many people make similar comments about their country race species…why soes it take a specific singular act to instill pride or hope in one’s hertitage. Stop hating so much folks!

  • Mary Ellen says:

    I am so proud of my home province! Way to go Newfoundland!

  • Aneliese says:

    This is great! Now I have a reason to be proud to be Canadian.

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