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TEASPA Week of Action

Will YOU Participate?

This week ADI is launching a week of action in support of HR1759, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA).    You can find more information on the bill and week of action here:   With your help, we can end circus animal suffering in the US, and join 42 other nations who’ve done so, including, just this week, Italy and Ireland!

Here is an email we received from our friends at ADI:

Dear friend of the animals,

Our Week of Action is here! Below you will find actions to take over the next five days to support TEAPSPA (the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act, H.R.1759), to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.

Circus animals are counting on you to take action for them this week, so please join ADI, and our fellow supporters to stop circus suffering in the US.

We need your help to make it a success!

“Traveling circuses have raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals, such as their ability to move and socialize. The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act will protect these animals…” – Rep. Ryan Costello.

“A growing public understanding of the detrimental impacts on animals and the risks posed to attendees has already changed the face of circuses in America. It is imperative that we meet the call to end this practice once and for all.” – Rep. Raúl Grijalva

ADI worked with TEAPSPA’s bipartisan sponsors Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) to draft and introduce the bill.

The time has come to end outdated, cruel, and dangerous traveling animal acts – let your legislators know that US citizens want to stop circus suffering!

Take Action This Week!


Arrange to meet with your legislators
If you have yet to do so, please request a meeting in your legislators’ district office.
Find your legislators here.

We will provide support to help you prepare for a successful meeting, and legislative briefings that cover the issues – training, transport, health and public safety, regulatory oversight, and economics.
Contact us at or call 323-935-2234.

Tuesday: Send this email to 5 friends and ask them to take action

Wednesday: Contact your senator
Find your Senator here and tell them “I’m your constituent and I urge you to sponsor a Senate companion bill to HR1759, to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.”

Thursday: Spread the word on social media!
Share our Week of Action Facebook posts and tweets with your friends and followers, as well as our Reluctant Entertainers campaign video, available here.

You can also update your profile picture on Facebook to support the cause; simply click this link and type ‘Animal Defenders International’ into the search box to find the ‘I’m working to stop circus suffering’ profile picture frame.

Friday: Contact the US House Agriculture Committee

Call US House Agriculture Committee Chair Conaway and Ranking-Member Peterson, to urge their support for H.R.1759:
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY: 202-225-3605
COLLIN C. PETERSON: 202-225-2165

Here are sample talking points to help you:

“Hello my name is XXX, I am calling in support of TEAPSPA, HR1759, which is a bipartisan bill before the Agriculture Committee. Please support this bill to address animal cruelty, streamline regulation and reduce expensive oversight.”

Studies on the use of wild animals in traveling acts show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, and spend excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate abnormal behaviors – rocking, swaying, and pacing – indicating they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

Together, we can stop the suffering. Thank you so much for making a difference for animals this week!

Yours for the animals,
Jan Creamer



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