1. 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!!


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

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


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


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



  6. 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!


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

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


  8. 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. ♡


  9. 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.


  10. 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 …


  11. 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!


  12. 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?


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

    Thank you for this. Emails sent 😉


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


  16. 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?


  17. 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.


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

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


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