Today, Sept. 30, NARN asks that all its members reach out to their U.S. senators and representatives to tell them how important it is that they support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.
First, go to this link and create a Facebook profile picture that supports TEASPA. Type in “Animal Defenders International” to get a profile photo that supports this bill with hashtags #FederalCircusBill and #StopCircusSuffering.
Then write to your U.S. senators and representatives (find your senators and representatives) asking them to move S2121 and HR2863 to a vote and to pass this important legislation. Tweet and post on their Facebook pages, too — and follow up with a call to be sure these bills are finally passed.
Some talking points for you: TEAPSPA will stop the suffering of circus animals. Studies on the use of wild animals in traveling acts show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, and spend excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate abnormal behaviors – rocking, swaying, and pacing – indicating they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.
The time has come to end traveling animal acts. Tell your family, friends and neighbors. Let’s raise a ruckus and get this thing done! Thank you!!