The Circus Has Come to Town for the Last Time


Guest Blog by 

Linda L. Chezem, J.D.
Chezem Farms   Cell: 317-409-5050

Those who remember their childhood excitement on the day the circus came to town are sad.  The clever funny clowns have been replaced by the grim and mean animal rights activists.  Many remember when PETA stood for “People Eating Tasty Animals” and everyone laughed. Now, the laughter is dying as PETA and their sidekicks, ASPCA and HSUS are closing in on those who are truly invested in animal welfare.

The decision to close the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is sad for the performers and the workers who are losing their jobs. But the sadness does not end there. The future generations, children and grandchildren, are losing the magic and the education of the circus. For all of those people who care about animal welfare, those who breed, raise, own and care for animals, the message is clear: Animal owners are next. Those who own animals or like animals need to heed the words of Benjamin Franklin “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

This is a critical time for animal owners to come together and educate each other on how animals are cared for and treated appropriately in the different modern environments. Owners must explain how the best guarantee of animal welfare is the responsible animal owner. The different purposes for which people own animals should not be barriers for the various interests and groups to defend ownership and care of the animals. The animal activists will never care for the animals as well as their owners will. Horses, dogs, cows, sheep, donkeys, pigs, chickens -whatever the species, regardless of the breed, only someone who is knowledgeable about that species is going to know how best to care for them.

clownThe local animal shelters and groups can be the animal lovers’ friends or not. The good ones deserve support. Investigate before you donate. And educate the shelters as to how they need support from the community they serve.

Whether the reader is a bird owner, hunter, a cattleman, a horsewoman, a dog lover, a cat fancier, a goat herdsman, owners must band together and share the facts about the phony “I love animals” groups.

Some not so fun facts to share

  1. PETA has killed more than 34,000 animals since 1998. Want proof? Go to
  2. 84 percent of the animals that PETA took into custody were killed within 24 hours. PETA’s shelter did not meet PETA’s own published guidelines for operating a humane animal shelter.

And it goes on – but at least PETA “saved” some animals.

ASPCA, however, is not the local or state ASPCA.  It is ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.    The 2014 income to ASPCA was $190,806,070. The lobbying expenditures were $1,002,063. Funds held in investments were $ 50,960,124.  ASPCA gives some grants for animal care including a grant to the New York Police department for $1,000,000. But it is notable that ASPCA put its money where its loyalties are and gave to its buddies – another non-animal caring group-the Humane Society of the United States. ASPCA is not the animal owners’ friend. And there are pages and pages more.

But the real fake out is the Humane Society of the United States.  It is not a federal agency and it does not take of animals except for its humans, many of them lawyers, that it employs. The income for HSUS in 2015 was $ 133,322,929. For that amount they make this claim, “we provide direct care to more animals than any other animal welfare organization — more than 171,000 animals in 2015.” You do the math!ringling




2 thoughts on “The Circus Has Come to Town for the Last Time

  1. This is a fair and accurate post. You left out the American Humane Association which is one of the oldest. They are double, and include child welfare. As far as I know, they run no shelters. They monitor movie-making and when I knew them, concentrate on education. From 1973-78 I was an officer with Multnomah County Animal Control (PDX) and then designed an education program both in-house and public. I worked with both HSUS and AHA and had a glancing acquaintance with the Fund for Animals. I recommend that people donate only to local humane societies and make it their business to go observe now and then — or even volunteer.

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