We, the undersigned, petition the University of Illinois to ban circuses that use animals and similar animal acts from university property. Animal trainers regularly inflict pain upon animals, because the fear of punishment is the most effective tool in training them to perform unnatural stunts. Bullhooks, beatings, electric prods, paw-burning, and choking are all used as training methods. Furthermore, circus animals are kept confined by chains or small cages for most of their lives and often develop neurotic behavior due to lack of exercise and socialization. Several circuses use only human performers, and the imagination, talent, and artistry exhibited in these performances would be of much greater benefit to our community and its children than acts that feature the domination of animals.
Students Improving the Lives of Animals (SILA) is dedicated to educating U of I students and local communities about the exploitation of non-human animals and animal welfare. We believe that all animals have inherent dignity and deserve respect. SILA is pro-science, pro-environment, and pro-people; we are committed to dialogue and reason, but not afraid to take nonviolent action when necessary to save animals from inhumane treatment. Visit us at: http://www.uiuc.edu/ro/sila
Find additional information about circus cruelty at: http://www.circuses.com/
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