Worcester City Council members bombarded with pro-circus crap …

… Check out these recent letters to our city council members from people who do not understand exotic animals and are insensitive to their plight (in circuses). Stay strong, Woo councilors. Don’t let these ill-informed people sway you. They could be on Barnum and Bailey’s payroll. At best, they are totally misinformed.

NOTE: Both letter writers are from Connecticut! Not even from Massachusetts – let alone Worcester!

ICT readers, please call/email these people and EDUCATE them! Thank you!      – R. Tirella


157 Leeder Hill Drive #102
Hamden, CT  06517
Dear Honorable Members of the Worcester, MA City Council,
It has come to our attention that there are animal rights representatives asking for a “ban” on performing animals, including circus animals, in the City of Worcester.  These folks may be well meaning but they are surely mis-guided.  Who among us does not love animals?  Who among us would tolerate the abuse of any animal?  Don’t we all learn to love and appreciate animals by way of opportunities such as the circus, zoological parks, and aquariums? ALL of which the animal protestors seek to eliminate.
We the members of the Circus Fans Association of America, in Massachusetts, and nationwide, call circus our hobby.  We are often present both in the seats and backstage as well as at quarters where animals are trained.  We enjoy life long friendships with animal handlers,  vets, and the animals themselves.  You can be assured that most circus animals enjoy happy healthy lives.  Their well being is monitored  by the USDA and there are unannounced inspections. The business of performing animals in the circus is one of the most regulated in the country.
It isn’t logical thinking to conclude that an elephant, lion, or tiger must be beaten to force it to perform.  But animal activists don’t use logic.  Theirs is an emotional opinion based on utopian point of view. They believe that all animals belong in the wild.  This hand full of protestors would also prefer we all become vegan.  Their opinion they are entitled to.  But not their own set of facts.  To “ban” the circus and it’s animals would be to ignore the opinion of the majority, to include animals, including dogs and cats, in their lives.  Animal “rights” advocates don’t believe in companion animals either, but will settle, in the meantime, for the easier target that is the circus.
Nationwide, the courts and elected officials such as yourselves are discovering that animal advocates are long on allegations and short of empirical evidence.  These people seek to rush legislation to a vote in Worcester before you have a chance to seek the facts.  The fact is that most circus animals are loved and well cared for.  Those of us who observe the industry on a regular basis, with no vested interest whatsoever, know this by way of direct observation.  We wish we had the same health plan that circus animals enjoy!
While we don’t doubt there are some well meaning folks asking you to support their performing animal ban, these folks have seen one propaganda fund raising film too many.  We hope that you will not be fooled as they have been!
Be assured, we are against the abuse of animals.  We’re quite certain you are also.  There is however a very big difference between animal “rights” and animal “welfare”.  Allow the good people of Worcester to decide for themselves whether or not to attend a circus with animals!  In any event, we would be happy to help you to separate the facts from the fiction.
Very Truly Yours,
Gary C. Payne, National President Elect
Circus Fans Association of America
Chairman – CFA Animal Welfare Committee
Letter #2

Dear (city council member),
I understand that the City Council is considering proposal to ban performing exotic circus animals.
For the 3/4 of my 67 years I have enjoyed attending circuses and have always been fascinated by the animal performances and I have been especially observant to the way they are treated during performances. I have even behind the scenes and have observed and have observed their care there. In speaking with the trainers you can sense and feel their love and dedication to these animals and you can see the fascinating interaction they have with them.
Many a time I’ve been told that they consider them true members of their family. They’ll tell you too that their care is always on-going 24/7 365 days a year.
Watching these animals perform is amazing…. if one pays attention to the trainers approach, you’ll observe that they talk to the animals to instruct them; as a matter of fact, many trainers have been “miked” for some years now so you can hear exactly what the trainer is saying to the animal and you’ll observe that the voice is calm, gentle and reassuring…. not threatening or intimidating; the same type of tone you would use when instructing a child to do something. Observing the animals you usually see them going about their routine with ease in a matter of fact way…. no effort on their part but rather that it comes about naturally.
Furthermore, the circus and performing animals industry is highly regulated by the federal government with unannounced inspections and strict criteria that they must follow.
Many of these animals are facing extinction, but with the love and dedication of these trainers, generations to come will be able to observe, learn about them and admire and appreciate these unique creatures.
Please understand that I am against animal cruelty just as much as any animal lover is, but with my own observations over these many years, I feel that most performing animals are treated with loving care and respect ( and any found guilty of mistreatment should be punished to the full extent of the law), so I respectfully ask that you vote NO on the proposal to ban performing exotic circus animals.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Jane L. Kycia
860- 296-2684

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