|From:||Beth Ann S.|
|Sent on:||Friday, December 23, 2011 9:58 AM|
Hello fellow animal lovers. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! As we approach the New Year, I wanted to let you know we are focusing on a new campaign to end the suffering of exotic animals in the entertainment industry. In particular, right here at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and their new show that they started in 2011, which is scheduled to be back in 2012. We need your help to shut it down.
It’s called the “Endangered Cat Show.” They claim it’s “educational and entertaining” but I assure you it’s about the entertainment - not the education. The man who owns the company and in charge of this show is Craig Wagner of Great Cats World Park. Craig has been in trouble numerous times for animal abuse, drugs, possessing protected species without a license, to name a few.
The “show” entails these cats being forced to perform in front of an audience, just a few feet away without any barrier or protections between the cats and the audience. Craig wants his audience to be able to get “up close and personal” with these wild animals. It only takes one second for one of these animals to turn and attack. You cannot tame these animals no matter how calm they may appear. Just because he has them on a leash does not give him any control over a 300 pound tiger! The USDA was at the show several times to inspect the conditions of the cats, their safety, their enclosures, and the safety of the onlookers. In their reports, they found several concerns and violations.
So, why is the show still allowed to continue? That’s a very good question. I have yet to get an answer from anyone. But you and I together can make a difference and make 2012 a better year for these animals and stop people like Craig Wagner.
What can you do?
There is an online petition you can sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-colorado-renaissance-festival-to-stop-using-exotic-animals-as-entertainment
Also, show your supporting for this campaign and fill out the Take Action link:
The bill will effectively end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses in the United States.
We are working on a few other plans and we will keep you informed as the summer approaches. In the meantime, please spread the word and tell others not to go to the Renaissance Festival until they end this show. Together we can speak for those animals that are suffering.
Thank you for your support!