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The Cole Bros. Circus will return to South Florida in late fall. We need your help to convince past hosts of the circus to reconsider hosting the circus in 2012. Each of the below venues has hosted the Cole Bros. Circus for the past several years.

Elephants and other animals in the circus commonly suffer from abuse and neglect. The Cole Bros. Circus has a particularly poor reputation. Please visit ARFF’s website (here) to learn more about the serious problems that have plagued the circus.

Sample text (it’s best to use your own words):

Dear _____:

Please do not host the Cole Bros. Circus again this year. In April 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Cole Bros. Circus had agreed to pay $15,000 to settle charges that it violated federal animal welfare laws due to inhumane treatment and dangerous handling of elephants and tigers! This circus has a horrible history.

If you have already contracted to host the circus, please request that Cole Bros. not bring its elephants and tigers when it arrives in town to perform. In May 2012, after concerns were raised about animal welfare, the Cole Bros. Circus agreed to perform at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia with only human performers– an entirely animal-free show.


Joey Casey, Manager
Palm City Polo Club
Boca Raton, FL
Phone: (561) 289-9099
E-mail: joey@palmcitypolo.com

Michael Glenn, General Manager
Palm Beach Kennel Club
West Palm Beach, FL
Phone: (561) 683-2222
Email: mglenn@pbkennelclub.com
Online comment form

Ed Matthews, Director
St. Lucie County Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department
Digital Domain Park
Port St. Lucie, FL
Phone: (772) 871-5476
Online comment form
Send a copy of your comments to the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners: Online comment form (select “All Commissioners”)

23 Responses to “Looking ahead with concern: Cole Bros. Circus”

  1. on 05 Sep 2012 at 4:31 pm Kathy Stutler

    Please help to stop this cruel human entertainment. I have children and have not and will never attend a circus. Elephants do not naturally do handstands etc. They are abused to get them to these things. As an American I am appalled. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

  2. on 05 Sep 2012 at 4:32 pm linda williams

    We all love a circus, especially with animals because we love them, but when humans treat them so bad, we have to stop going to the circus and more importantly support the animals who need humans to love them.

    It’s not fair that they be treated this way because there are humans who have on heart, soul or love for them, or anyone for that fact.

  3. on 05 Sep 2012 at 5:05 pm Shannon


  4. on 05 Sep 2012 at 5:13 pm Deborah Ellison

    Using animals in circuses is n archaic and cruel practice that has to stop. There is nothing entertaining about watching an un happy and abused animal be forced to act unnaturally.
    I would like to point out that there are plenty of circus venues such as Circe du Soleil that does not employ any animals at all and is very successful.
    Enough. I am demanding an end to the abuse. Evolving is the only way to go.
    Retire the animals to a healthy sanctuary and get in line with the times.

  5. on 05 Sep 2012 at 5:15 pm Jennifer Storelli

    This is the email I just sent! Good luck!
    I don’t usually email people about issues like this but I feel I can’t continue to turn my head and ignore the horrifying animal abuse that this circus has been proven to have done. Please reconsider hosting this Circus. I am sure that there are better ways to amuse the kids in your area. We can no longer imbibe our children with values against animal abuse and continue to ignore the abuse that is in front of us daily. Would you tell these children that dog fighting was entertaining? Of course not! But we as a society sweep the monstrous behavior of the Circus industry under the rug.
    In April 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Cole Bros. Circus had agreed to pay $15,000 to settle charges that it violated federal animal welfare laws due to inhumane treatment and dangerous handling of elephants and tigers!

    Please have the courage to stand up and teach the youth a better lesson! That abuse is not ok, that it will not be tolerated, and that you had the backbone and fortitude to stand up for the animals who can’t stand up for themselves!

    Thank you.

  6. on 05 Sep 2012 at 5:25 pm kirste lineberger

    Not in my city! Not in any city. Shame on you!

  7. on 05 Sep 2012 at 5:37 pm Tricia

    Please refuse to allow Circuses to have animal acts as the animals are abused terribly and confined in horrendous conditions when not being forced to perform. Isn’t it time we become a civilized society and end the suffering and oppression of animals?

  8. on 05 Sep 2012 at 6:06 pm Janice Sheeks

    Dear Mr. Casey,

    Please do not host the Cole Bros. Circus again this year. in April 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the Cole Bros. had agreed to pay $15,000 in charges that they VIOLATED FEDERAL ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS due to INHUMANE TREATMENT, ABUSE and DANGEROUS HANDLING of Elephants and Tigers! This circus has a horrible abuse history! They WERE fined but evidently left to STILL OPERATE. If enough people refuse to book this circus, maybe…MAYBE they will reconsider their inhumane acts towards animals.

    Thank You for taking the time to read this.

  9. on 05 Sep 2012 at 6:30 pm Karen

    Please do not allow inhumane treatment of elephants or ANY animal. Allowing the Cole Bros. Circus to come to your area allows this to happen. I, as a child, went to the circus without knowledge of the treatment for the training for “entertainment” of “ignorant” people. Had I known, I NEVER would of paid money to see them perform. Intelligent people know that this is not anything to attend or are interested in watching animals “perform”.

  10. on 05 Sep 2012 at 6:36 pm Christine

    The abuse of circus animals has been well documented and must end now. Elephants, and other aniamls, are being abused on a daily basis and when they try to defend themselves always end up losing, usually their lives. If I want to see an elephant I’ll read a book, or watch a TV show, or visit a preserve, but I will never, ever set foot in a circus and pay for the abuse of these magnificent animals that do not deserve this. We need to do everything we can do end this abuse.

  11. on 05 Sep 2012 at 9:17 pm sophia birlidis





  12. on 05 Sep 2012 at 9:38 pm Shelley Dodt

    Stop using animals in your shows. Inhumane treatment has been documented. We do not support animal abuse!

  13. on 05 Sep 2012 at 9:45 pm Kathy Collins

    The way they treat the animals is abusive and uncalled for. I think that these people need to be treated the same way and see how they like it.

  14. on 05 Sep 2012 at 10:06 pm Brenda Closser

    Anyone with any compassion at all would NOT condone or support cruelty to animals . These animals do not deserve to live in fear and pain .

  15. on 05 Sep 2012 at 11:35 pm gail mcginnis

    Please abolish Circus’s they are cruel and unhealthy places for animals and people alike.

  16. on 06 Sep 2012 at 12:17 am Debra Freie

    Please do not allow this circus to enter and perform in your town in an attempt to stop the exploitation and abuse of these poor innocent creatures. If pressure is put on these people to stop mistreating the animals in the way they train and treat them, then purchases this abuse will end. If we as human beings do nothing to stop this abuse and mistreatment of the circus animals then we are as much to blame as they are… we must not enable their behavior by engaging in watching their performances or help them earn a living by abusing and using helpless animals. Thank you, D. Freie

  17. on 06 Sep 2012 at 1:12 am Autrey king

    It has been proven that the animals in circus’s are mistreated. Please stand up for those that cannot help themselves. The Cole Bro.s circus has recently agreed to pay $15,000.00 to settle charges that it violated federal animal welfare laws due to inhumane treatment and dangerous handling of elephants. And tigers! This circus has a horrible history!! Please if you have already contracted with the Cole Bro.s demand that they only have human performers,in May 2012 Winchester, Virginia ask them to do this and they had no problem withit. Please do your part and keep these poor animals out of the show. Thank you

  18. on 06 Sep 2012 at 1:04 pm Patrick Shonk

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen to the cries of the abused animals that are carted around from city to city. Circuses do nothing but exploit. They do not bring awareness to the needs of animals in the wild or in captivity. As a matter of fact there’s evidence of the contrary. If you have an ounce of compassion you will not condone the suffering in your community. Thank you

  19. on 06 Sep 2012 at 3:17 pm Keith E Graves

    This shit is very cruel and the circus needs to be shut down. All them asses can come to my house and I will show them how it would feel. They need arested. As a person in a community we have the power to stop stuff like this, as long as we joined together.

  20. on 06 Sep 2012 at 9:46 pm Nicole Troyan

    I have seen several circus videos including the movie,”water for elephants” which was based on a true story. These poor animals that are supposed to be wild and run free are being tortured for entertainment. I have not been to the circus since i was a kid, and i will never go again! No animal deserves treatment like this and i am just shocked that this is legal. I am also shocked that after discovering that Cole circus violated the animal welfare act, that all that was done was a fine. They should not be aloud to work with animals ever again or have any animals in there possession! We need to get these laws changed asap! SPEAK UP FOR THE VOICELESS and STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY!

  21. on 10 Sep 2012 at 10:40 am Ruth

    For everyone that is cruel to the innocent, You may think that you are getting away with this, but what you don’t understand is that you will not escape God’s wrath!!!

  22. on 10 Sep 2012 at 8:05 pm marge matuck


  23. on 12 Sep 2012 at 7:16 pm sandra

    Please they can’t work with animals ever, mean people…

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