September 25, 2009
Sample Letter to the Editor about Circuses
You can help make a difference in the lives of circus animals
To the Editor:
I am deeply concerned by the [Location's/Sponsor's] decision to bring a circus with performing wild animals to our area. [If you are responding to an article in a previous issue of the newspaper/magazine, cite the article's title and date.]
The elephants, big cats, bears, primates, and other wild animals who are used in circuses often endure inhumane and abusive training and living conditions. When they are not performing, they may spend most of their time in extremely close confinement. These animals have little legal protection at state or federal levels.
In addition, performing wild animals pose a real threat to public safety, precisely because they are wild and therefore unpredictable. No amount of training or affection can eliminate this danger.
With so many better choices in entertainment, I urge the [Location/Sponsor] to sponsor events that do not involve wild animals. The use of performing wild animals can desensitize individuals—especially impressionable children—to animal suffering. And it doesn't teach anything about the lives of these magnificent animals in the wild.
[Your City, State, Zip]
[Your Telephone Number]
Note: Newspapers generally require your address and phone number before they publish a letter to the editor, but you may request that this information be withheld.