Some Data on Circuses in the United States
Vital facts reflecting the usage of animals in circuses within the United States as well as a list of recent “incidents” involving those animals.
Wild Animals in Circuses
Congress is urged to protect non-domesticated (exotic/wild) animals in traveling circuses and make public safety a priority
Public Health & Safety
Public Health and Safety Issues associated with the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses
Enforcement of Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
The practical difficulties of maintaining standards, inspecting, gathering evidence and ensuring compliance with animal welfare legislation.
Captivity and Transport
The scientific evidence of the effects of captivity and transport on animals and their use in traveling circuses.
Animal Control and Use of Violence
Animal control and potential for conflict associated with the use
of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses
Restricting the use of wild animals in circuses: the economics
Economic benefits of a restriction on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses include: restriction is a cheaper option than regulations and inspections; saving taxpayer’s money; circuses with human performers can create more jobs.
Tuberculosis as a zoonotic disease
An examination of the scientific basis for the possibility of transmission of tuberculosis from zoo animals to humans, without physical contact.