Circus Resources

Because of heightened public awareness and evidence of routine mistreatment in circuses, local authorities across the country are giving greater scrutiny to circuses. Being able to spot signs of abuse, illness, and improper safety procedures is crucial to protecting both animals and the public. PETA’s “Basic Tips Inspecting Elephants in Circuses” guide is specially written to help animal control officers, humane investigators, state wildlife agents, and other law enforcement officials know what to look for when inspecting circuses.

The list of resources below will provide you with the information and assistance that you will need to help put an end to circuses that use animals in your town.

Animal-Free Circuses

Hold a Demonstration

Circus Information for Educators

Quick Circus Facts

In addition to these, PETA also maintains factsheets on numerous circuses that detail U.S. Department of Agriculture violations and other problems. Click here to see all of our available factsheets.

If you have any questions or would like to be connected to others in your area who want to stop the circus from coming to your community, please contact PETA’s activist liaisons at [email protected].

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind