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Powerade Centre in Brampton plans to host Shrine circus performances featuring a tiger act provided by the notorious Hawthorn Corporation. Hawthorn's cruel treatment and neglect of animals—including repeatedly failing to provide animals with veterinary care and imprisoning tigers in tiny cages for months on end—has persisted for decades, despite numerous and serious enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Earlier this year, a whistleblower swore out an affidavit detailing repeated physical abuse and neglect of animals' veterinary, dietary, and exercise needs by Hawthorn.

PETA has informed Powerade Centre of Hawthorn's sordid, decades-long history of animal abuse and neglect, but so far it has refused to send Hawthorn packing. We need you to e-mail Mayor Susan Fennell at mayor@brampton.ca and let her know that as a resident of Brampton (OR THE GTA), you urge her to cancel Hawthorn's cruel tiger act now!

Please follow up your e-mail with a phone call to Mayor Fennell at (905) 874-2600 and let her know that cruel Hawthorn is not welcome in your town!

Please share this important information with your compassionate family and friends.

Thank you for speaking up for animals.

Jul 16, 2013 @ 11:38 am

6 Replies


You are doing a good thing

You are doing a good thing by trying to get this information out there to people.

Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:16 pm


Thank you Katieg.

Our voice is so powerful... it's important we advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
Jul 22, 2013 @ 12:24 pm


Thank you for informing those who may be wanting to visit that there is an animal cruelty situation. I don't live in the GTA but have gone to Shrine Circus in Niagara Falls a few times. I did not know about the cruelty until now, and have not been to a Circus in years. I will definitely not be returning.
Jul 22, 2013 @ 06:47 pm


Thanks layalxo the important thing is that we at least become aware of this... Then take initiative to not attend.

Change happens in numbers. If enough people stop showing up, the cruelty has a chance to end.
Jul 25, 2013 @ 05:10 pm


Thank you for speaking up about animal cruelty. Just because it was
accepted in this type of venue in the past does not mean it should be
allowed to continue. Tigers are under threat from all sides... every one
saved and given a good life is a small victory.
Jul 26, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

Tasha Cat :)

Thanks so much for your supportive comment!
Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:11 am

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