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To the editor: Please consider these facts:
1) Circus animals are kept in cages that are too small to allow for movement or they are chained to keep them stationary. They are prisoners of profit and cruelty.
2) Tigers are semi-nocturnal, solitary animals that love water. In circuses, they are forced to perform during the daytime; are caged next to each other; are forced to perform in groups; and do not have access to waterholes.
3) Keeping animals in captivity has no educational value. It tells us nothing about nature because it is so artificial. The only group that profits from the circus is the circus business itself.
4) The whips, muzzles, chains and other “tools” used in circuses are constant visual reminders these animals are being forced to perform out of fear.
5) Performing animals are prisoners who have committed no crime.
6) Animals in circuses are hauled around the country in poorly ventilated trailers and boxcars for up to 50 weeks per year in all weather extremes. Access to the basic necessities of food, water and veterinary care is often inadequate.