Letter to the Editor from Harvard Law Fellow: Jordan World Circus Should Go Animal-Free

Anyone considering going to the Jordan World Circus (“Tickets available for upcoming performance of Jordan World Circus,” 6/2) should know that this notorious outfit has been cited for a host of animal welfare violations, including repeatedly beating a tiger, waiting a month to seek treatment for a malnourished tiger with a fractured leg, and forcing an ailing tiger to perform. It has also kept lions and tigers in tiny transport cages for more than a week straight.

Jordan World Circus and its acts have also routinely endangered the public, including when an elephant attacked her trainer while giving rides, a tiger escaped and bit a child, and a bear to got loose.

There’s no excuse for animal abuse and public endangerment, and numerous circuses are turning away from using wild animals in their shows. Indeed, Jordan World Circus recently put on a show without wild animals in Montana. All of the shows should be animal-free—it’s the safer, more humane option. Until then, anyone who cares about animals—or just their own safety—should stay away.

Delcianna J. Winders

Animal Law & Policy Fellow

Harvard Law School

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