No animal deserves to be tortured or harmed for entertainment. Wild animals in circuses and other traveling acts are forced to perform confusing and painful tricks through violence and intimidation. When not performing, the animals are caged or chained for long periods of time, resulting in psychological stress that manifests in repetitive, abnormal or unnatural behaviors (known as "stereotypic" behaviors) like constant swaying, pacing, and even self-injury. (Footage obtained by APNM shows a Shrine Circus elephant chained at its Albuquerque venue, demonstrating this stress-induced behavior: https://youtu.be/oTQNa2GeYkc)
Circuses that exploit wild and exotic animals are a poor example for our communities—but the good news is they are becoming increasingly unpopular. Years of ticket-sales slumps and pressure from animal advocates recently let to the Ringling Brothers Circus retiring their elephant acts, and other circuses that still use wild animal acts are feeling the pressure to follow suit.
Nonetheless, circuses that still cruelly use elephants and tigers in their acts come to Santa Fe every year.
City of Santa Fe Councilor Signe Lindell’s proposal to prohibit circuses and other traveling acts featuring wild or exotic animals in Santa Fe, co-sponsored by Councilor Peter Ives, is a timely and appropriate measure. This proposal provides Santa Feans with the opportunity to host only cruelty-free circuses, setting a good example for children and others across New Mexico. This is the right time for Santa Fe to join many other states and municipalities across the country in banning wild animal circus acts.
Please show your support for Councilor Lindell’s proposal, which would prohibit circuses and other traveling animal acts in Santa Fe, by signing and sharing this petition. By rallying support for this cause, we can make a difference to the wild animals currently suffering under the big tent.