Support ban on traveling circuses


To the Editor:

Please, support Massachusetts Bills H.3245, S.2197, and S. 2189 that will ban traveling circuses with elephants, big cats, primates, and giraffes from coming into the state. Contact your representatives and ask them to support these bills.

The life of a circus animal is horrific, traveling in trailers from town to town in the heat, chained 23 hours a day, brought into tents with bright lights and screaming crowds. The threat of being hit with a bullhook or whip is constant.

Forcing wild animals to do “tricks” for human entertainment is cruel and heartbreaking. These animals have a right to live their lives in peace, and to roam free with other animals at a sanctuary.

It is past time that circuses with animals were shut down. Even Ringling Brothers learned that cruelty is no longer considered acceptable in our society.

Please, contact Rep. Dylan Fernandes at; Sen. Julian Cyr at


Betsy Burmeister
West Tisbury