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Webster Bank, N.A., Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, XL Center/Hartford Theatre, Theatreland Ltd. Collection.

We the undersigned Connecticut Residents oppose the scheduling of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and similar animal 'entertainment' acts to your venues while they continue to utilize animals in their shows.

The deplorable training methods of and general conditions experienced by animals in circuses is well-documented and condemned world-wide. As a result of the many animal abuse violations by and fines due from animal 'entertainment' companies such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, international bans continue to become a reality and Ringling themselves have pledged to remove elephants from their acts by 2018. However there are no plans to remove the lions, tigers, horses, llamas and similar animals from their show.

As potential supporters of your Connecticut-based venues and events; we implore you as the sponsors, decision-makers and coordinators of the entertainment and events at your Connecticut venues; to please not schedule the return of these animal acts. We would like to see your company join the list of those who do not support animal abuse and the use animals in 'entertainment'.

The use of animals in circuses as well as the torturous 'tools of training' (bull hooks, stun guns, chains, food deprivation, etc.) have been partially or completely banned in 49 municipalities in 22 states of the US and 28 municipal jurisdictions in Canada.
In addition, the following countries, all or in part, have banned the use of animals in circuses: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK.

Children should not be taught that it is okay to terrify animals into unnatural acts and that animals are for their entertainment. Parents and their children need to be offered human, family-friendly alternatives.

The separation of families, bright lights, loud noises, far-traveled distances, harsh climates and related fluctuations, confined and unnatural conditions of these animals are unacceptable and should not be condoned nor supported.

We thank you for your time and look forward to your company's animal 'entertainment'-free schedule.


Samantha Pitera

This petition closed almost 4 years ago

How this will help

By eliminating the number of venues that are willing to schedule and host animal circuses and similar animal 'entertainment', we aim to eliminate the practices of animal-use in circuses.

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