THE ANIMALS OF UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS

The Elephants:  All of the elephants used in UniverSoul’s shows were taken as babies, stolen from their homes and families. For elephants, family is everything – females stay with their mothers for life. But once taken for the circus, beatings, chaining and other forms of domination are used to force elephants to perform unnatural tricks such as sitting in a begging position,standing on their heads, walking on their hind legs, or spinning in circles.   Routine training video can be viewed at www.circuses.com.

The Zebras:  The zebras used in UniverSoul shows are part of an act known as “Black and White” from exhibitor Jennifer Caudill (Walker), U.S. D.A. Lic. No. 58-C-1109.  For more information on the zebras, please click here.

NEGLIGENT ANIMAL CARE

The exhibitor who provides the elephants for UniverSoul’s show has regularly been cited by the USDA for failing to provide shelter from the elements, inadequate veterinary care, and failing to handle elephants to ensure the safety of the animals and the public. Two of these elephants, Bo and Betty, have been banned from cities (only a month ago, Dallas) and from Minnesota, because of reactive results on tests for Tuberculosis, which is transmissible to people.

UniverSoul leases tigers from an exhibitor who has had multiple violations of laws put in place to protect the animals. He has failed to provide the tigers with adequate space and exercise, keeping them suffering in tiny cages while they are traveling with the circus. The tiger exhibitor has been cited for failing to properly care for a limping tiger, and he was fined for allowing two tigers to escape.

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS LIES ABOUT ITS ANIMAL ACTS

UniverSoul claims on its website that none of its “animal vendors have ever been cited for animal abuse while performing at the UniverSoul Circus.”In fact, the elephant act currently leased by the show has been cited repeatedly, and the tiger act UniverSoul has repeatedly rented was fined in 2008 for two tiger escapes that took place while touring with UniverSoul as well as violations in 2011 & 2012.

Taken from their families and companions without any concern for the bonds they formed, animals in circuses are deprived of any semblance of a natural life. Elephants are kept chained most of their lives. Tigers and lions are caged for life. This severe confinement creates stress and boredom that results in abnormal repetitive behaviors such as pacing, swaying, and rocking. The tricks animals are forced to perform, such as standing on their hind legs and headstands, are unnatural, physically harmful, and teach us nothing about who they are.

casual cal“Casual Cal” Dupree co-founded and co-produced UniverSoul Circus and served as its ringmaster for 12 years. Dupree left UniverSoul and now admits “the circus teaches children to disrespect animals.”  

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Please do not attend circuses with animals.

2. Please write & call to tell UniverSoul: It’s Time for Change!  Tell Cedrick Walker, owner of UniverSoul, that you think the show would be better without animals, that it’s time for change and that UniverSoul Can Do Better Without Animals                                                  

Telephone: 404-588-1235;   Email:  Info@UniverSoulCircus.com

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