Don’t Go to the Circus2

Every year the Zor Shrine Circus of Madison employs the George Carden Circus for it’s annual event.

The George Carden Circus is not so spectacular. The George Carden Circus has received numerous citations from the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The George Carden Circus focuses on their ability to increase profits for local Shrine Centers. The circus prides themselves on the 40,000 miles and 42 weeks they travel throughout the year in the United States and Canada.

The George Carden Circus has two units and has strong ties with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as the Cruelest Show on Earth. Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has agreed to pay $270,000 for violating the Animal Welfare Act on several occasions, according to the USDA. One George Carden Circus unit is currently traveling with Ringling Bros. and the other unit periodically contracts their tiger act with Ringling Bros.

For many years, Alliance For Animals and the Environment organized public protests, educational leafleting, filed USDA complaints, and actively monitored the elephants at the circus in Dane County. Because of the support of AFA volunteers, Wisconsin citizens, and other organizations, the Dane County supervisors banned elephant exhibitions in the county’s exhibition center.

This page was created for all of the individuals and organizations that are sick of the George Carden Circus coming to their town and are looking for information to support their efforts to ban the circus in their community. We hope that the documents below will be useful to you.

The Alliance for Animals is proud to have been part of the Elephants Living Free (ELF) campaign, which labored hard to make Dane County an elephant-free zone, effective 2020. Other Wisconsin counties, other animals, and other venues leave a great deal of work still to be done, though. This information was provided by ELF in the hopes that it can help others create elephant-free zones throughout Wisconsin. All photo credit goes to ELF, and all pictures are of circus elephants in Dane County.

Inspection Reports and Other Documents