The Circus is In Town – Stop Animal Performances


The Circus Is Coming to Your Town

Find out why a growing number of countries, cities and provinces have banned Wild Animal Circuses

Increasingly, countries, provinces and cities all over the world are banning the use of animals, both domestic and wild, for entertainment purposes such as circuses.  Bolivia deserves a round of applause for being the first country to implement such a ban.  Other countries following suite include Australia, Austria, Peru, Greece, Hawaii, Cyprus, Paraguay, Columbia, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

The following Canadian provinces and cities have also banned circuses with wild animal performances: multiple cities in British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and one or two cities each in Ontario and Quebec. Find a complete listing here.

While there are still some communities that still welcome these live animal shows the truth behind animal entertainment is extremely distressing.

For instance, a performing elephant is broken as a baby after being torn from its family.  To “break” an elephant, it is tied, beaten and starved for weeks until it becomes fearful and submissive of humans.  Once it is broken, its continued submission is ensured through the ever present bull hook and stun guns.

The circus coming to your town, owned and run by Tarzan Zerbini has a lengthy list of USDA (US Department of Agriculture) violations. Please find this list here.

Elephants live the same life span as humans and are known to be one of the most intelligent and emotionally complex animals in the world. They share important family bonds, grieve and are playful. They are very much like humans except they’re elephants,

Travel for long periods of time in extremely small quarters and forcing wild animals to perform even under the best of conditions is inherently cruel. Cirque du Soleil is an example of 21st century circus that entertains without abuse and the enslavement of wild animals.

Even without these violations the life of performing wild animals is based on terror and submission and includes social isolation, forcing animals to perform unnatural tricks which it’s body is not designed to do (elephants have no need to ride bicycles in the wild) which results in frequent and chronic injury.

Many performing animals are now retired to sanctuaries such as PAWS where the Toronto Zoo elephants were sent or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

When this circus or any other circus with wild performing animals comes to your town, please tell the “other “story behind the circus and follow the lead of other cities and countries and ban wild animal performances in your city.

About Schell and Marie – Tarzan Zerbini elephant performers

The elephants you will see at this circus (also run under Royal Canadian Circus, Shrine or Tarzan Zerbini Circus) are Schell, who is 50, and Marie who is 42. Marie can be distinguished by the light-coloured bands on the edges of her ears. Marie is also the one who has been observed to have foot problems and sometimes it is obvious in her gait. They have worked all of their lives. They are now arthritic and very slow-moving and SHOULD be retired.

These are the tour dates for these animals who travel is small cramped trailers and who then spend most of the rest of the time standing in parking lots. These were once wild animals who roamed for kilometres per day.

May 1 – 3 Red Deer, AB Tarzan

May 6 – 7 Fort McMurray, AB Royal

May 9 – 18 Calgary, AB Royal

May 20 Medicine Hat, AB Royal

May 22 – 24 Lethbridge, AB Royal

May 29 – 31 Regina, AB TZ

Jun 5 – 7 Prince Alberta, AB TZ

Jun 12 – 14 Saskatoon TZ

Jun 19 – 21 Hamilton/Ancaster, ON * Shrine

Jun 26 – 28 Barrie, ON Shrine

Jun 29 Orillia PRIVATE?? TZ

Jul 1 – 12 Markham, ON Shrine

Jul 17 – 19 Brampton/Caledon, ON * Shrine

Jul 21 London/Dorchester, ON * Shrine

Jul 24 – 26 Winsor, ON Shrine

Jul 31 – Aug 3 Milton, ON Shrine

Aug 5 Brockville, ON Shrine

Aug 7 – 9 Ottawa, ON Shrine

This is just their Canadian tour schedule. Their full schedule is here. These elephants will cross the continent twice (20,000 kilometres) and spend over 250 hours in a trailer. They do this year after year. Would you do this to your dog?


Ottawa Humane Society – The Elephant in the Room



Ringiing Brothers Animal Abuse

Life of Circus Animals

What you can do:

  1. Call your City or Municipal Hall and find out if Council is considering a by-law to ban circuses that have performing wild or exotic animals.
  2. Fax a letter to the mayor expressing your concern about the community supporting acts that abuse animals. Copy your letter to the SPCA or local humane group.
  3. Write a similar letter to the media. Don’t hesitate to send your letter to the editor of both daily and community papers expressing your point of view.
  4. Join or start a committee, perhaps working with the SPCA or local humane group, whose goal is to implement a campaign to convince Council to adopt a by-law against the use of wild/exotic animals in performing venues.
  5. Don’t attend a circus with performing animals – only attend animal-free circuses.
  6. Share their story as much as you can.


Filed under Animal Activism

3 responses to “The Circus is In Town – Stop Animal Performances

  1. I fully agree! the world has became so misunderstanding and inconsiderate. I love and appreciate your post. ❤

    • Thanks Danielle. The more we learn about animals the more urgent it becomes to have laws and cultural norms change to treat them with the respect, safety and kindness they deserve.

  2. Christiaan Vanderkop

    Wild animals should not be in zoos or circuses for our entertainment. It is cruel and unjust to the animals. It is animal ABUSE!

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