1. Melissa Petry
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Thanks for doing this! I just sent my emails! I’ve been a vegetarian for over twenty years because I don’t want to use animals and I certainly don’t want them to be abused!


    • Heather
      November 22, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

      You are doing an amazing thing! Thank you for providing the email and contact information! Animal cruelty makes make me boil and see all shades of red, and at the same time shrivel up and die on the inside. Standing with you in Philadelphia in spirit.


    • barbara
      November 22, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

      Just sent the emails


  2. Christine
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Thank you for using your voice to help end this abuse!


  3. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    This right here is genuinely important. I would submit that an additional step, for people who can handle the strain of picking up a phone or sending an email, is to contact your representatives in Washington (they’re either newly elected and looking to please or looking down the barrel of another election right now, so it’s as good a time as any) and demand harsher punishments for AWA violators. Fines+prison time; fines+prison time+prohibited from owning or working in proximity to animals for a period of time; crippling fines+prison time during which water may or may not be available, depending on what other things folks have going on that day… all of these are on the table, right?

    (Yes, I know “write your congressman” is a bit trite… but there’s a reason we’ve heard that advice a zillion times, and they so rarely hear from US.)


  4. Teresa
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:27 am

    Victoria, people should also write their us senators and house members and push to make personal ownership of tigers, etc. illegal.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 22, 2016 @ 11:29 am

      so, so , so true… (I waffle on how much information is too much and will just shut people down.)


  5. JoAnne Hennessey
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    Email sent, FB post made. Thank you for taking on this cause. I live in Vancouver, Canada, so I can’t help you protest in person, but animals deserve basic care and fair treatment no matter where they live and I’m happy to do what little I can to help. Carry on the good fight. It makes a difference.


  6. Deborah Burns
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    Love your soap box!
    Tragic using these big cats in that circus, all animals in circuses. I haven’t liked circuses since I was a teen, the hopeless animal acts were never entertainment. It makes me sad to see animals trapped in cages and tanks (marine animal circuses) being forced to do stupid things. Boycotting by never buying a ticket will stop it if enough people boycott because money talks. ‘

    Thank you for helping to bring awareness to more people, awareness is the first step in stopping animal injustice. I will share your blog post on my FB profile and FB page (Kindness for Animals) and take action on your suggestions. Have you thought of starting a Petition asking this circus to retire into sanctuaries?

    On a REAL animal entertainment topic, I hope you enjoyed the 2 part Nature series on PBS on Cats, I really did! 🙂

    Enjoy your new foster fur baby!!


  7. Suzanne Forbes
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    Social/emails done. I saw a poster for a circus here in Berlin last week and the first thing I thought was, I wonder if they have animals like those horrible circuses in the US I learned about on VEB.

    I didn’t know circuses still used animals til I read it here, because I know so many circus people who are in human-only circuses I foolishly assumed it was all acrobats, all the time these days. It hurts to learn, but you can’t fight what you don’t know exists.


  8. Kim Wiswell
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    Done – emails sent, FB post added – wish I could join you in Philly, but supporting you from here in southern Oregon.

    All the best,


  9. Marian Jones
    November 22, 2016 @ 11:55 am

    Victoria – I usually laugh until I cry at your blogs and I just love them!! Today, however, I started off crying and haven’t been able to finish the whole thing. I did post it to my Facebook page and will be back in a few days to finish the rest that I couldn’t take this time. It’s so sad that these animals are treated this way and don’t have anyone to love and protect them. . . .except US!!! I’ll do what I can to further the cause of taking care of caged animals. Thanks so much for shining a light on this matter, :o) Marian in Atlanta


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 22, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      THANK you for engaging!!! I KNOW it’s hard, and I hesitate to be that person (when I know that usually what I share with you all is a lighthearted diversion… ) but I cannot live with myself if I do not do everything possible to raise awareness!


  10. Laurie
    November 22, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    Done and done my dear. Thank you for the contact information. I came at it from a business point of view hoping to give a different perspective so they wouldn’t tune us all out. Even if they have no heart or conscience, working with these contractors, and animal acts in general, are bad business so it’s pretty easy to show them why they should change their entertainment model and how others have done this successfully relying only on human performers (hello, Cirque de Soliel?)

    I may have also asked them if they really needed others to point out that what was going on was cruel so I didn’t avoid the ethical/humane argument.

    Good work!


  11. Pattie Crum
    November 22, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    I find this so upsetting I can’t watch the whole thing, it’s making me sick. People suck.


  12. Jane Keller
    November 22, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    And it’s been shared on my facebook page. I agree with you that this MUST be stopped!


  13. Kay
    November 22, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

    I can’t watch. I can’t watch those ASPCA TV ads either. But I can act. I get upset when I see zoo animals confined in tiny cages, and they are probably getting decent food and water. The Syracuse zoo isn’t as bad as some–most large animals are outside in open areas with space to roam, and the elephants are happy enough to breed. But the lions are in a small area–I don’t know why. Anyway, I agree with you about wild animal acts in circuses and real penalties for animal abuse. I suppose lawmakers are afraid that laws protecting circus animals would be extended to factory farms and then we’d all have to be vegan, or something. I’m sure there is a reason beyond indifference that penalties are limited to fines. The really important thing is to target the people who patronize circuses–and I don’t mean target in a bad way. How about letters to the editor of every newspaper in cities where circuses are performing? How about letters to PBS asking them to do an expose on animal treatment in circuses? How about organizing boycotts? There are probably lots of other avenues for getting the word out effectively that I’m not thinking of. The circuses have to seriously lose customers before anything will change.


  14. Bethany Otto
    November 22, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

    Done! But thanks for the foster kitty teaser at the end . . . don’t make us wait too long!


  15. Nora
    November 22, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    I wish I lived near you for so many reasons. I’d be right out there with you protesting. I have boycotted circuses that have animals for many years (also places like Seaworld).

    SO glad you got a new foster baby!!!!


  16. judy
    November 22, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

    I always sense a reserve when you post these please help abused animal information posts. Please be proud of what you are accomplishing..the kind readers will be glad to be reminded that such horrors exist and must be brought into the Light of Reason and the indifferent will remain indifferent-so no great loss and wouldn’t help anyway. Given our wonderful new government? things should be peachy dandy for the next 4 years. We may be protesting the caging and abuse of our fellow human beings. I did post at their site and I am going to call my HA! representatives? Not a Lobbyist so won’t be holding my breath. Very worried in Virginia…..


  17. ceara
    November 22, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

    Victoria- I hear your cause, and suggest Change.org as a place to post your idea to ban circuses in the US. It’s great that you are sharing this important issue!


  18. Kristina Ferguson
    November 22, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

    You could also start a petition asking the White House to intervene and direct the USDA to investigate within say 12 hours of a report of criminal behavior toward circus animals or could ask the USDA to further regulate by not allowing circus animals to perform in circuses at all. Do any modern countries ban circuses? That would be a start and I’d start CALLING the officers of your Congressman. Not DC, the local office. Those are the staffers to get involved. Invite them out with you to the circus to see how animals live. When you get the STAFFER involved, you get results.


  19. Gail Dorman
    November 22, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

    Sharing the news and praying this circus will be shut down!


  20. Thelma L Hamilton
    November 22, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

    I absolutely HATE the circus. I abhor animals locked in cages. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it. I will follow your lead.


  21. Rebecca
    November 22, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    I have no words…. seeing that beautiful tiger caged like that should be enough! How can we condone this in 21st century America? I too have send emails and would participate if I lived in your state. If they ever try to come to NC, I can guarantee them a welcome party they won’t want to attend!!


  22. Sarah
    November 22, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    I just posted your video on their Facebook page. We’ll see how long it stays up 🙂


  23. Becky
    November 22, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    You are doing amazing work. I’ve learned so much. I will share your message. Aren’t Tigers endangered? How do they get these animals? I don’t understand how something is endangered but still someone can own one. Also, my dad always told us growing up that anyone who would abuse an animal is capable of the same thing with another human being. I believe that to be true.


  24. Mary Startek
    November 22, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    You are my hero! Circuses, zoos, aquariums, swimming with dolphins, riding an elephant, animal acts of any kind, are just wrong! And then there’s puppy mills! Don’t get me started. I never tire of your soapbox commentaries – keep them coming. I’m here in Ontario, Canada so I can’t protest with you, but I’m there in spirit.


  25. Sara
    November 22, 2016 @ 7:23 pm



  26. Lori Sterling
    November 22, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

    Thank you for opening my eyes to this abuse. I am a vegan yogi and abhor this cruel behavior. Keep up the good work! I have sent all of the emails and will continue to haunt them on social media. Thank you!


  27. Deborah Gibson
    November 22, 2016 @ 9:27 pm

    Thank you for caring and acting. I’ve tweeted and emailed too. It’s awful. AWFUL!


  28. sharon
    November 22, 2016 @ 9:55 pm

    Dear Victoria Elizabeth Barnes…..I LoVE CAPS…..I really REALLY do!!!!! I love TIGERS and ELEPHANTS and BEARS…..oh my,
    I own 6 dogs..5 are rescues….they do nothing. BUT, they are all very pretty!! On occasion people have asked why…Why don’t they do anything….My only response has ALWAYS been: because they are NOT circus animals…..BRAVO!!!!!! Bravo to you…I will do my part. Thank You…
    Sharon Elizabeth Trujillo…..I have waited to see the new kitty….I knew you wouldn’t disappoint. ♡


  29. Amber
    November 22, 2016 @ 10:04 pm

    Will do. And why don’t we call the Black Fish people about a documentary? That’s what finally made Sea World change.


  30. Claudia Violette
    November 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

    Good On You VEB!!! And thank you for posting all of this information. I LOVE animals all of them I DETEST this circus and how it abuses them.
    I will share on Facebook and comment on their page. What else can be done?
    I’ll look for their itinerary (if they have one) and see where they are going next.

    YES to what Amber said Lets CALL the Black Fish people …


  31. Betsy
    November 23, 2016 @ 11:25 pm

    I hope you can forgive me, I am not strong enough to watch videos of any animal being mistreated. I am not a delicate little snowflake, but I find the images disturbing and then the nightmares begin…That said, I agree that it would be great if the good people that produced Black Fish could be contacted in hopes that an expose would help bring an end to the practice of ‘circus animals’. There is no place in ‘civilized society’ for a circus with animals.

    Thank you for all your work on behalf of the animals, and congratulations on your new family member!


  32. Hannah
    November 23, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

    First off – yes, totally agree. I’m a vegetarian with three humane society survivors (2 cats, 1 dog) as housemates.

    Second – i’m struggling here. Animals rights are without a doubt important. In fact, they are incredibly important! And completely worth your voice. However, where is your voice on your blog re: immigrant rights, people of color, women, native americans, LGBTQ? I’m not asking to be rude…I just think we can’t stop at our vegetarian/vegan/animal rights voice. I’m totally with you on everything you said in this post. My challenge is to ask you to take it a step further. This election has shown that we need to show up for all who need us. And people in our communities are in immediate and desperate need of voices in light of proposed policy changes.

    I’m writing because I think you are someone who i can have a respectful and honest dialogue with. I respect you and am not trying to be rude. There is just so much work to be done and I’m trying to find my sisters to get to work with.

    My heart is with you and I love your blog. Thank you for all that you do.


    • Colleen
      November 29, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

      I think it’s really hard and emotionally exhausting to take on every societal ill at once. This has been Victoria’s passion for a long long time, and there is no reason to tell her that she should be doing more. She is showing many pictures of herself physically walking the walk for this issue that she is passionate about. While you are right in that it is important to fight for the other causes you mention, it is not okay to come here to a post where someone is actually doing something in the real world and passively guilt them for not doing something for every important cause. Your comment is what created the “social justice warrior” epithet–in fact it’s almost a verbatim copy of the definition on Urban Dictionary.

      I’m sure she (and her followers) would love to support you in similar ways in your fight for and on behalf of the other marginalized groups you mentioned. Do you have a link to your blog/Facebook/etc. post that we can read and share and use as a base for contacting those who can help change things?


  33. Charlotte
    November 24, 2016 @ 1:09 am

    Thank you for this. Emails sent 😉


  34. carol garcia
    November 24, 2016 @ 8:44 am

    you would think they’d do more than fine them…. or don’t they remember the animals that were kept in poor conditions in a “private”zoo. they got loose, killed the owner/abuser and then were slaughtered? I still remember that happening in October, 3 or 4 years ago. fines are not enough, the animals should be removed and taken to shelters….i agree with you, animals don’t belong in a circus.


  35. Holly
    November 26, 2016 @ 6:23 pm

    Just retweeted your message. This business was in our neighborhood several years ago so it breaks my heart that I didn’t know then. We foster injured dogs so this is just one more issue that needs attention.


  36. rita lee
    November 29, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    I took my kids to see Vargas Circus in Los Angeles, CA. There were no animals used otherwise, I would not have taken my kids.

    At the age of 5 in Chicago in kindergarten, I still remember our class field trip to the zoo. An elephant was in a small white room chained and the room was dirty and smelled. I never forgot this image but no one seemed to care. The teachers did not say a word, nor did any other kids about the cruelty or the suffering and the perverse need man has to feel superior to animals. Such beaming victories. Yes we are humans and have higher IQs. SO WHAT? We get to destroy the souls of animals because we can use weapons to do so?


  37. Leigh Ames
    January 11, 2017 @ 10:19 am

    Thank YOU for sharing this, and caring enough to fight for these animals! You are my antiques super hero! You, with your finely tuned radar for finding glorious GFTs, your envious persuasive trance-like influence over your devoted and tolerant sidekick husband, have now soared to new heights by standing up to the evil tiger man and the UniverSoulLess Circus. I will share your post and spread the word. I posted this on their Facebook page:
    “Reports of your continuation of documented and fined animal abuse and neglect is disgusting and reprehensible. Remove the animal acts!”
    They will probably delete it before the end of the day, but, it’s a start. Bravo for your fostering work. Giving them up is certainly difficult. My family has raised 3 puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, one of the most respected guide dog programs in the world. They are leaders in the move to teach with only positive reinforcement training practices. NO force, choke chains, prong collars or leash corrections! We spend nearly every moment with the pup from 10 wks until about 15 mos and it is heart-wrenching to take them back to NY to finish their training. BUT, the loss and sadness we feel pales in comparison to the JOY and independence they bring to their VIP, visually impaired person. Your fostering efforts are just as valuable to the hearts of the adoptive families. I’d be honored if you look me up on my Facebook page… Alexander Inn-tiques.


  38. Christina
    January 15, 2017 @ 8:22 am

    I just heard Ringling brothers is closing down after 146 years 👍


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