During its recent stint in Glendale, Calif., Ramos Bros. Circus—which was keeping animals in a parking lot adjacent to a busy intersection—allowed animals to escape in two dangerous incidents. On November 23, a camel broke loose and galloped toward a busy intersection, endangering both herself and the public. Just one week later, three dogs escaped and ran toward traffic. Additionally, photos taken by a concerned citizen and reviewed by an independent veterinary expert showed a horse used by Ramos Bros. who was suffering from a serious hoof condition that appeared to be untreated, likely in violation of California's cruelty-to-animals provisions. This sort of disregard for animal welfare and public safety is the rule—not the exception—when it comes to circuses that force animals to perform. Please join us in urging city officials to ensure that Glendale never hosts a circus that uses animals again! In addition to these latest instances of public endangerment and disregard for animal welfare, Ramos Bros. has a history of violating federal and local laws and failing to provide animals with minimum standards of care. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently cited Ramos Bros. for operating without a required federal license, and PETA has received numerous reports from the public suggesting that the circus abuses animals, including tying them up so tightly that they cannot stand, forcing them to live in urine- and feces-filled enclosures, and failing to provide them with water and shade. Please speak up for animals and public safety by asking Glendale officials to join the growing list of cities—including Pasadena, Corona, Encinitas, and Santa Ana—that have pledged never to host circuses that use exotic animals. Please paste this entire e-mail block in order to send a message to Glendale officials:
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Please feel free to use the sample letter below, but remember that saying it in your own words is always more effective!Dear Mayor Quintero and City Council Members:Please protect both Glendale residents and animals used by circuses by pledging never to host a circus that uses animals again. During its recent stint in Glendale, Ramos Bros. Circus unnecessarily jeopardized public safety and animal welfare twice by letting a camel escape and gallop toward a busy intersection on November 23, and, just a week later, allowing three dogs to escape and run toward traffic. Additionally, photos taken by a concerned citizen and reviewed by an independent veterinary expert showed a horse used by Ramos Bros. who was suffering from a serious hoof condition that appeared to be untreated, likely in violation of California's cruelty-to-animals laws. Ramos Bros.—like all circuses that force animals to perform—has a history of disregarding federal and local laws that pertain to animal welfare and public safety, which is why the only way to ensure that Glendale is not supporting the cruel treatment of animals is for the city to join Pasadena, Corona, Encinitas, and Santa Ana on the growing list of jurisdictions that have banned the use of exotic animals in circuses.
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