14 February 2012

Call your Congressperson and ask them to support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

Wild animals suffering in circuses need your help—just a quick call to Congress—to ask your Representative to support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359) a bill that aims to protect elephants, tigers, bears and other wild animals performing in traveling circuses.

As you may know, Animal Defenders International recently launched the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, (H.R. 3359), which aims to prohibit wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses in the U.S. The bill, introduced by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) now has 17 co-sponsors, bi-partisan support and is gaining momentum! Celebrity protectionists Bob Barker and Jorja Fox were also present on this historic day for animal protection in the United States.

Your Congressperson needs to hear from you right away so they know that there are people in their district who are in support of this bill.

You can find your Member of Congress and their contact details and take action here on our site.

Take action at our Break the Chain grassroots page www.breakthechainus.org where you will find talking points, sample letters and everything you need. You can send an email message to your member of Congress by filling out this simple online form.

Please pick up the phone today and call your Congressperson and let them know you are concerned about the suffering of wild animals in circuses and as a constituent, want them to support, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359).

Talking points
  • I am a constituent
  • I support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359) which aims to protect wild animals and public safety by prohibiting wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses.
  • Please co-sponsor this important animal protection and public safety legislation.
  • Please find more detail, evidence and talking points on the websites listed below.
  • Traveling circuses cannot meet the complex needs of wild animals. Animals in traveling circuses endure confinement, physical and social deprivation, long, arduous journeys, brutal control methods and physical violence.
  • Keeping elephants in chains, confining wild animals like lions and tigers in small cages, and forcing them to perform unnatural tricks for the sole purpose of human amusement is increasingly difficult to justify in our advanced society.
After making the call, please follow up with an email message or written letter.

Don’t hesitate to speak from your heart, and put the letter into your own words which will make a stronger appeal. And remember, keep the message short and simple, and only thoughtful, polite messages will have the impact the animals need.

You can send an email message to Congress with our automated Action Alert here on our website:

And for more talking points and sample letters check out our Break the Chain grassroots campaign website: www.breakthechainus.org

To read a copy of the bill and find out more about the science and evidence backing this legislation, visit: federalcircusbill.org.

We want to hear from you! Please share your letter with us and let us know when you receive a response from your Congressperson so that we can keep track of your congressperson’s position.

Please send us your address, email, and telephone number so that we can contact you quickly during the campaign to take action in our grassroots Break the Chain effort. We need to be able to mobilize advocates quickly for calls, emails and letters to react to action being taken on Capitol Hill and District Offices. With your support, we can win this!

Become part of the Break the Chain Mobile Instant Response Team and respond immediately from your mobile device to our text action alerts (standard text messaging rates will apply.) To ‘opt in’ to receive our Break the Chain Mobile Alerts via text, simply text the word CHAIN to the number 55678.

Contact ADI for more information on how you can help by emailing: usa@ad-international.org, or to donate. We urgently need funds to continue our grassroots efforts and to keep investigators in the field, documenting the abuse and bringing it to light!

Thank you for your support of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359. With your help, we will Break the Chain of circus suffering!

Article provided by Matt Rossell, Campaigns Director, Animal Defenders International (ADI)

Photo credit: ADI