An Open Letter to Sault Ste. Marie City Councillor Frank Fata;
re: Bylaw 2012-213 Proposed Amendment:
While it was frustrating and disheartening to listen to your comments during the council meeting that demonstrate a total lack of understanding of the Bylaw 2012-213 or the proposed amendment to the bylaw to also cover domestic animals from performing in CIRCUSES in Sault Ste. Marie, I want to clarify here, for you and others concerned citizens, that the bylaw and the proposed amendment is specific to CIRCUSES, (not dog shows or equestrian events etc.).
Travelling circuses cause unnecessary cruelty and suffering to animals forced to perform unnatural acts by training methods of abuse, whipping, physical punishment, deprivation of food and water and torture training methods.
Cruelty in circuses is inherent. Animals are confined in non temperature controlled travel trailers, confined to cages and tight quarters for extended periods of time without access to food or water or space to move around or even turn around, in extreme temperatures both hot and cold for 11 months or more per year.
With insufficient space, living the majority of their lives in trailers, with lack of exercise, restriction of their natural behaviours, confined in tight spaces, living solitary lives or crowed together, enduring lifetimes of physical abuse including electrical prods, whips, metal bars and being punched and kicked by trainers, they suffer severe health, behavioural and psychological problems.
Circus animals are not beloved pets and the abuse goes on daily behind the scenes out of public view. The animals are kept in dirty trailers and in awful filthy conditions when not being forced to perform. Many animals die at the hands of circus trainers.
The Bylaw 2012-213 and the proposed amendment is simply to bring Sault Ste. Marie into the 21st Century to join an ever growing long list of cities and municipalities WORLD WIDE that have stepped up to speak for animals that cannot speak for themselves to ban ANIMAL CIRCUSES and not condone the inherent abuse and horrific tortured lives of circus animals by allowing circus trainers and abusers to make money off of circus animals broken backs and spirits.
It is my belief the majority of residents of Sault Ste. Marie are intelligent, compassionate, caring people that would not tolerate nor want animal abusers in circuses to profit from circus performances by animals in our city, once they take the time to educate themselves on this important issue (as I strongly suggest you do also) and look behind the circus tent to see the endless suffering circus animals endure.
I for one will always speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves, and I hope you will too.
And by the way Frank Fata, I’m not a group or representing anything other than common sense, intelligence, decency and compassion that I trust most residents of Sault Ste. Marie would also stand for and speak up for once they know the facts and the reality behind the circus curtain.
Katherine G. MacRae