MASON CITY – There are some folks here in Mason City and the surrounding area who do not want the circus to come to town, and are circulating a petition to discontinue inviting the show here.
The Shrine’s Circus will be at the North Iowa Events Center in Mason City on May 10 and 11 (this weekend).
The online petition being circulated by Breanna Flores of Mason City has 10 signatures so far. It reads this way:
Myself and anyone who signs this petition, hereby stand up for the equal rights of all living beings, those specifically of the Shrine Circus to appear in Mason City, IA 50401 on May 10th and May 11th. We support and share a compassion for all living creatures. We do not support the mistreatment and exploitation of the animals (Elephants, Tigers, Lions, etc.) made to entertain here in North Iowa. We speak for the voiceless, who are made to live within inhumane (physical abuse, psychological distress, malnourishment, improper housing, being made to perform with diseases and physical disabilities) conditions daily and then forced to put on a show. We do not wish for the George Carden Circus (presented as the Shine Circus) to come back, they are not welcome. We also acknowledge that circus elephants are often ill and prone to carry TB (tuberculosis), which poses a serious health risk to the general public as this is projected in the environment as an airborne virus. We simply do not and will not tollerate this and wish to banish any circuses with animal performers or essentially eliminate animal circuses from future venues in Mason City, IA and the North Iowa Events Center.
By discontinuing to support these horrific displays of these animals in shackles, we will be able to teach our children and grandchildren that “E” stands for “Elephant” not “Extinction”. The animals exploited in this circus and many alike deserve to be free in the wild, where they belong. We want to cut off funding for these events so these exotic beauties can thrive, be happy, and not have to worry about being used for the selfish profit of mankind. In 2014 we believe it is time to put a stop to the inhumane exploitation of circus animals.