Shriners groups across the United States contract with various circus producers to hold circus events on behalf of the Shrine. These annual circuses are held as fundraisers for the fraternal group, but proceeds from Shrine Circuses often benefit Shrine Temple operations only. The Shriners may announce in small writing on tickets that proceeds do not benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children and contributions or gifts to the Shrine Circus are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. If you wish to contribute a tax-deductible donation to a Shriners Hospital for Children, you should contact the hospital directly, rather than rely on the purchase of a circus ticket.
The USDA has cited Shrine Circus animal exhibitors for failing to provide veterinary care; failing to provide adequate food, water, and shelter from the elements; and failing to handle animals in a manner that ensures their safety as well as public safety. Animals used in Shrine circuses have rampaged, causing human deaths and injuries. Some Shriners are rethinking the use of animals in their circus fundraisers as it becomes recognized as archaic, unsafe, and inhumane. Please let the Shriners know that you want an end to animal cruelty at the Shrine Circus and will attend only animal-free circuses.
For more than 30 years, Shriners International has extensively funded cruel burn experiments conducted the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) In the experiments, dogs, sheep, pigs, and mice are subjected to third-degree burns on as much as 40 percent of their bodies using a scorching-hot metal rod or the open flame of a Bunsen burner. The animals suffer for weeks before they are killed and thrown in the trash by UTMB. Many people who have learned this about Shriners have decided to boycott this circus and it’s only a matter of time before they join other animal circuses and are forced to shut down.