October 11, 2016
The Right Honourable Theresa May MP
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
10 Downing St.
London SW1A 2AA
Madam Prime Minister,
One of the things that I love the most about the U.K. is its strong reputation as a nation that opposes cruelty to animals. That's why my mouth dropped when I learned that Britain still has not banned wild animals from circuses. With all due respect, Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie.
I know that most Britons share my concerns, as my friends at PETA tell me that a government consultation on circuses showed that 94 percent (!) of respondents voiced their support for a complete ban on wild animals in circuses. That’s hardly surprising. Compassionate people simply do not support this institution because they know that animals used in circuses spend most of their lives in trailers and often in chains, denied everything that is natural and important to them and forced under the threat of punishment to perform acts that are painful, uncomfortable, and degrading to them.
Animal acts are embarrassingly archaic and have no place in modern Britain—or anywhere else—and I urge you to join the growing list of nations around the world that have put an end to this form of abuse. I’m currently in the U.K. and would welcome the chance to meet with you about this issue.
Thank you for your time and consideration.