Join Carol and friends to peacefully protest against the Kelly Miller Circus for their use of their circus animals.
There are two shows on Friday the 18th at the West Geauga Middle School. Please be there for 3:30pm and/or 6:30pm. Located close to Route 306 and Cedar. Please bring signs and show your solidarity and support.
Carol wrote to the Kiwanis leader of her concerns and he wrote back to her. Please feel free to contact him as well. His contact info is at the end of his letter to Carol. Contact Carol Skok @[masked] or [masked].
Here is his answer to Carol:
Thank you for your note of concern. Like you, I do not believe in abuse of animals or people. I am sorry that tamed and trained animals have become such an emotional rather than a rational issue.
We have investigated this circus thoroughly and have spent a lot of time with the owner, staff, performers, trainers, and animals behind the scenes, and find the personnel are very humane in their treatment of the animals and each other. Each animal is well cared for, tended to by people knowledgeable of each animal species and of animal health. At each stop veterinarians are on call if needed. The USDA does make unscheduled visits to check on all circumstances related to animal welfare and treatment. The circus personnel realize that a goodly part of their livelihood is dependent on the welfare of these animals and like any asset, they take good care of them. None of the animals are trained or expected to do anything outside their physical and mental capabilities.
You might also be interested to know that all the tigers and all the dogs are rescue animals; believe it or not, each of these animals was scheduled to be euthanized prior to the Kelly Miller Circus acquiring them.
The animals are confined to their travel pens only when on the road from one site to another and this is usually between one and two hours a day. As soon as the circus arrives at a site, they set up the areas to let the animals roam within their larger, open-air pens and shade is provided by overhead tarps. Once the Big Top is up, the tiger cage is erected in the middle of the big top and all the tigers are put in there where they can lounge, eat, and otherwise have considerable room to move about.
As for the bull hooks; the USDA requires an elephant handler to carry such a tool If you watch, the elephant handler carries a bull hook during the performances but with the hook in his hand, not poised to strike the elephant.
Fencing around the animals is equally to protect them from unknowledgeable and abusive spectators as it is to contain the animals to protect the people.
Of course it is your right to protest and you are welcome to do so on the road right-of-way, on Route 306, aside the driveways leading into the parking and circus areas.
I would be pleased to meet with you at 8:00 am on Friday morning of July 18th as we could watch the circus unfold and then, if you wish, we could tour the area and, assuming the owner and trainers are available, we could talk with them and you could have your questions answered and see the conditions behind the scenes. Let me know if you are interested and I will try to clear it with the Circus personnel. However, if your mind is already closed, it would be a waste of time for all of us.
Thank you again for expressing your concern,
I remain, truly yours,