We are writing on behalf of Green Mountain Animal Defenders to express our disappointment that the CV Expo has once again made a decision to bring a traveling animal act to Essex Junction.
Sadly, camels, zebras, elephants, big cats, bears, primates, and other wild animals who are used in many circuses must often endure inhumane and abusive training, and cramped living conditions.
In this case, the Garden Bros. Circus, aka Piccadilly Circus, which does not possess its own animal exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be at the Expo. Exhibitors of leased animals at this circus have failed to meet minimum federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The USDA has cited these exhibitors for forcefully striking an elephant with a bullhook and for failing to provide adequate veterinary care, to provide adequate and safe enclosures, to handle animals in a way that does not cause unnecessary stress or trauma, to provide wholesome and uncontaminated food, and to provide proper shelter.
With so many better choices for entertainment, we urge the CV Expo to make more humane decisions, and to allow only events that do not involve the use, and likely abuse, of wild animals.
Sharon MacNair, President
& Kathee Ludwig, Vice President,
Green Mountain Animal Defenders