Letter to the Editor: Please Skip the Circus!

March 7, 2018

The Garden Brothers Circus is coming to the Charles County Fairgrounds. And of course we want kids of all ages to have a fun day of entertainment. However, none of this should come at the expense of suffering of animals in the circus. Harsh training methods such as gouging elephants with bullhooks and whipping tigers are used to instill fear in exotic animals that have no natural desire to perform for humans. It’s also impossible to provide quality of life for these animals in a traveling circus. Tigers can’t be allowed to relax and roam outdoors area on days when they aren’t performing, no fence is high enough to contain them. Elephants must live in cramped conditions that are nothing like their natural habitat. Please skip the circus this year and ask the Garden Brothers to come back without animals so that we can all support cruelty-free entertainment in the future.


Tom Lyon