Juan Pablo Di Pace is an extremely talented actor and singer who has appeared in everything from Netflix originals to musical theater. It turns out that he’s also a fierce advocate for animals—and we couldn’t be happier! He teamed up with peta2 to inform his fans about the abuse that occurs behind the scenes in circuses that use animals.

 

“[W]hat we see in the circus is just a fraction of what these poor animals have to go through.”

The Fuller House star wants his fans to know that, unlike clowns and acrobats, animals don’t choose to perform in circuses—they’re forced to do so through beatings and intimidation. Check out his powerful message about the sad reality that animals in the circus experience:

Life for Animals in Circuses Is Miserable

Have you ever heard of elephants or bears standing on their front legs in the wild? Probably not—because that’s not a natural behavior for these animals. Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals don’t voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, jump through rings of fire, or perform other uncomfortable tricks—they do so because they’re afraid of the painful punishment that they’ll endure if they refuse.

Animals used in circuses often travel in cramped boxcars or trailers and are often beaten in order to get them to perform confusing tricks on cue. When they’re not being forced to perform, they’re often chained and confined to cages. Circuses routinely ignore the minimum requirements of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), so animals may suffer from injuries that are sometimes fatal. The AWA allows for the use of torturous devices, such as bullhooks, whips, electric shock prods, and other weapons that cause serious pain.

Animals Don’t Belong in Circuses

Juan Pablo has a serious love for felines, including lions and tigers. Circuses cart big cats from town to town in barren cages and deprive them of the opportunity to exercise, roam, socialize, forage, and play. Many are forced to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate in the same small space. Being locked inside a cage for long periods of time causes stress, which can lead them to develop serious psychological issues and engage in self-harm.

“To see what things are done to them in the circus is really upsetting,” Juan Pablo says.

Want to Help? Never Visit Circuses That Use Animals

Please never patronize circuses that use animals. If one is scheduled to come to your town, you can call on authorities to cancel it and, if it goes ahead, organize a protest outside the show. Encourage your friends and family members to pledge not to buy tickets to these events by sharing this page.

Sign this petition to urge UniverSoul Circus to remove its animal acts!