Attention: All Residents of Oakland, California

Please Support Permit Requirements

For Use Of Animals In Circuses


The City of Oakland will be considering special permit requirements for circuses using animals in order to provide more protections for the animals and the public. Currently, there are no such requirements in place. If you are an Oakland resident, we strongly urge you to send an email to members of the Public Safety Committee which will be hearing the item on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. (See sample email message below.) You can also attend the meeting and speak in support of this important item during public comment.



Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting



Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6 p.m.



Sgt. Mark Dunakin room on the first floor of Oakland City Hall;

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612


If you would like to speak during public comment you must complete a speaker's card which you can obtain from the city clerk who will be seated at a table outside the Sgt. Dunakin room. Each speaker is given two minutes; please keep your comments brief, courteous and respectful. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.


Please send an email in support of the permit requirements to:


Cm. Noel Gallo,

Cm. Libby Schaaf,

Cm. Dan Kalb,

Cm. Lynette Gibson McElhaney,


Email block:,,, (copy and paste)


Sample message (please personalize your message in order to make it even more effective):


Dear Councilmember,


I am an Oakland resident and I am in full support of establishing permit requirements for circuses that come to our city with performing animals. This important action will help provide greater protection for the animals and for the public.


Animals used in circuses are subjected to unnatural and extreme conditions, such as intensive confinement in small cages, prolonged travel in trucks and train cars, inhumane training, and the inability to express natural behaviors. These conditions threaten animal welfare and, due to the great stress the animals endure, present a threat to public safety.


I applaud this necessary first step, and I urge you to consider establishing even stronger protections, as has been done in more than 30 other progressive municipalities in the United States.


Thank you for your leadership on this important issue.



(your name)



For more information, please contact Catherine Doyle, PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, at or call 323-301-5730. 



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