(CIRCUSES/PERFORMING ANIMALS) Governor of Hawaii David Ige recently pledged to stop issuing permits that would allow animals to perform at state events.

“These animals are coming from as far away as Florida and Texas, five-to-six day journeys by land and then another five-day trip just to make it out here for an unnecessary entertainment act,” said Inga Gibson of the Humane Society of the United States.

Columbia has passed a bill banning circuses from using wild animals in their show.
Countries all over the world are banning the use of wild animals in circuses. Photo Credit: news.softpedia.com

Gibson supported her decision by citing a past incident where an elephant named Tyke escaped from a Hawaiian circus 20 years ago. Tyke’s escape ended tragically with him being shot 80 times by local police. The incident proved that no matter how well-trained, wild animals are unpredictable.

Tyke the elephant escaped from a Hawaiian circus on August 20, 1994. Photo Credit: Tipped Ear Clan
Tyke the elephant escaped from a Hawaiian circus on August 20, 1994. Photo Credit: Tipped Ear Clan

“That’s exactly what happened with Tyke,” Gibson continued. “Because the police, local humane society, local veterinarians, they don’t have the equipment of training to handle these animals.”

Last year, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) urged the state’s Department of Agriculture to prohibit the use of animals for entertainment purposes. Because Governor Ige is showing his support on the matter, the proposal must be discussed in public hearings on each of the islands before it can be officially approved.

Earlier this year, the state of Pennsylvania proposed a similar ban regarding the use of animals for entertainment.

Hawaii’s 50th State Fair will feature wild bears, but thankfully this will be the last event in the state to include performing animals for quite some time.

TAKE ACTION: Demand that Governor Ige keep his promise to stop issuing permits for exotic animal performances in Hawaii.

— Sabrina Clinkenbeard, exclusive to Global Animal