Circuses – kids love them, animal lovers hate them. We know the abuse most of these animals go through and we hate seeing wild animals stuck in cages only to be used for our personal entertainment. Although it seems we are beginning to see change in this industry – we still have a long way to go.

Circuses take place all over the world – and we recently came across some fantastic awareness campaigns that we hope have touched people in a way that will help them understand the plight of the circus animal and to stop supporting this abuse! While some circuses have begun removing animals from their circuses – we still have a long way to go in educating and letting others know that these horrible acts are still happening all over the world.

Below are some of our favorite campaigns that really invoke emotion and get the message out loud and clear!




The Animals are Not Clowns campaign images features the following text on each of their designs:

“Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls for the crack of the whip against the animal’s stinging wounds. A big round of applause for the flaming hoops, the injuries and the electric shocks. Come and see the famed number of cages and tightly binding chains allowing no escape from endless training sessions. Laugh, applaud and join in with the repetitive choreographed routines typical of depressed animals under great stress. All the fun of the circus travelling from city to city exhibiting animals as human caricatures. Clowning around that’s no fun at all. Animal circuses, don’t be part of the show.”  *credit for this campaign goes to: Accao Animal and Liga Portuguesa dos Direitos do Animal


The Elephant text:

“Every Ticket you buy means this for the elephant. Heavily chained and confined in small cages, elephants are let out only when it’s time to train. Barbed hooks are used to painfully teach them how to do entertaining tricks, like standing on their hind legs. This odd body position combined with their weight causes joint and spinal injuries, ruptured ligaments and in some cases, paralysis.”

The Monkey text:

“Every Ticket you buy means this for the monkey. They have to be beaten, punished, starved and subjected to horrifying psychological abuse to teach them a few new tricks. Trainers will do what it takes to get a monkey to ride a bicycle and other amusing acts. Worse than the physical pain, the kind of extreme mental stress the monkey suffers have driven may of them to the point of insanity.”

The Tiger text:

“Every Ticket you buy means this for the tiger. They get their fangs and claws pulled out. Usually without any anesthetic. After that, the torturous lessons of learning routines like jumping through fiery hoops. If they are lucky, the only get scarred and burnt. Severe cases have seen tigers end up blind or with broken legs where they remain untreated and left to fester.”


There are circuses that you can attend that do not use animals in their performances that are just as good — if not better than a traditional circus!

Born Free USA has a great list of circuses that do not use animals in their events so please visit their website for an updated list to find out where you can support groups that care about animals welfare!

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