Letter to the editor: Article skimmed problems with circus
July 13, 2017
Article skimmed problems with circus
As someone who's been in the rescue industry now for over a decade, I was really disappointed in the "press release' type article you published for the upcoming circus visit. Though you skimmed the violations this notorious circus has been cited with, let's face it, your article was written to drive attendance. Very unfortunate for the animals who spend their lives caged, on the road the majority of the year, in blistering temperatures. This notion that they spend their time enjoying a sanctuary is a fairy tale.
Did you know that Lions Club International does not support local clubs exploiting wild animals for fundraising? LCI recently reaffirmed its stance against the use of animals for entertainment, urging its 46,000-plus clubs and more than 1.4 million members around the world to "refrain from fundraising activities that exploit or cause harm to animals."
Its statement, included in newsletters that went out to clubs, also affirms, "[W]e … recognize that all life, including the animal kingdom with whom we share our planet, is precious." LCI shared its concerns 16 years ago, when, citing animal welfare and public safety, it discouraged its clubs from holding fundraisers with circuses that use animals.
Did you know that Lions Club International does not support local clubs exploiting wild animals for fundraising? LCI recently reaffirmed its stance against the use of animals for entertainment, urging its 46,000-plus clubs and more than 1.4 million members around the world to “refrain from fundraising activities that exploit or cause harm to animals.”
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It's tragic that Craig Lions Club continues to promote animal abuse. Raising money on the backs of animals to provide funds to supposedly help humans is the ultimate sign of disconnect — and something the public would not support if they only knew the truth.
Full list of this circus' egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act – http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/fact_culpepper.pdf
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