Circus Pages in Myakka City, Florida, has finally shutdown after years of protests across the country that have taken place after abusive video footage of its animal acts were exposed, along with a long history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failing to have records of veterinary care and failing to provide animals with sufficient space and appropriate food.
In 2016, a video was released showing Circus Pages’ trainers whipping and beating a tiger after the tiger grabbed and dragged a trainer. Earlier this year, the circus trainers were also captured whipping a lion, forcing a lame elephant to carry riders while they wielded bullhooks, and vigorously shaking a dog forced to wear an elephant costume.
“Circus Pages has elected to shut down rather than evolve into an animal-free circus that would appeal to modern, compassionate audiences,” PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews said in a statement. “The end of this circus could be the start of a new life for the elephants, tigers, and other animals once used in its shows, and PETA is ready to help find new homes for these animals at reputable sanctuaries.”
As noted by the organization, Ringling Bros. recently shut down, Kelly Miller Circus recently went animal-free, New York and Illinois banned traveling elephant acts, and more and more venues and cities across the country are prohibiting or restricting wild-animal acts from taking place.